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[1150] Yes, and I have seen a man stuffed with foolishness who exulted in his neighbor's misfortunes. It turned out that a man like me and of similar temperament stared at him and said, “ Man, do not wrong the dead; [1155] for, if you do, rest assured that you will come to harm.” So he warned the misguided man before him. Take note—I see him now, and I think that he is no one but you. Have I spoken in riddles?

I will go—it would be a disgrace to have it known [1160] that I argue when I have the power to use force.

Leave then! The worst disgrace for me is that I should listen to a fool's empty chatter.Exit Menelaus.

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