But, mark you, he gave us a war-galley! I
am sure he will brag about that vessel. “I,” he will say,
“presented you with a trireme.” Now this is how you must
deal with him. If, men of Athens
gave it from patriotic motives, be duly grateful and pay him the thanks that
such a gift deserves. But do not give him a chance to air his insolence; that
must not be conceded as the price of any act or deed. If, on the other hand, it
is proved that his motive was cowardice and malingering, do not be led astray.
How then will you know? This too I will explain. I will tell you the story from
the start: it is not a long one.