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By Zeus! it's no longer [640] the time to delay and loiter like Nicias; let us act as promptly as possible.... In the first place, come, enter my nest built of brushwood and blades of straw, and tell me your names.

That is soon done; my name is Pisthetaerus, and his, [645] Euelpides, of the deme Crioa.

Good! and good luck to you.

We accept the omen.

Come in here.

Very well, you are the one who must lead us and introduce us.

Come then.

Pisthetaerus starts to fly away, then stops himself.
Oh! my god! do come back here. Hi! tell us how [650] we are to follow you. You can fly, but we cannot.

Well, well.

Remember Aesop's fables. It is told there that the fox fared very badly, because he had made an alliance with the eagle.

Be at ease. You shall eat a certain root [655] and wings will grow on your shoulders.

Then let us enter. Xanthias and Manodorus, pick up our baggage.

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