Hence the result is that in the
Assembly your self-complacency is flattered by hearing none but pleasant
speeches, but your policy and your practice are already involving you in the
gravest peril. Therefore, if such is your temper now, I have nothing to say; but
if, apart from flattery, you are willing to hear something to your advantage, I
am ready to speak. For though the state of our affairs is in every way
deplorable, and though much has been sacrificed, nevertheless it is possible, if
you choose to do your duty, that all may yet be repaired.