Now to show that it was possible for him to have been saved had he refrained from avenging the death of Patroclus, read what Thetis says.
““Ah me, my son, swift fate indeed will fall
On thee, if thou dost speak such words. For know,
Swift after Hector's death fate brings thine own.
To her divine Achilles, swift of foot,
In turn made answer. Straightway let me die,
For when my friend was slain, my dearest friend,
It was not granted me to succor him.”
”Hom. Il. 18.95