However, one of the Megarian factions feared
that he might expel them and restore the exiles; the other that the commons, apprehensive of this very danger, might set
upon them, and the city be thus destroyed by a battle within its gates under
the eyes of the ambushed Athenians.He was accordingly refused admittance, both parties electing to remain
quiet and await the event;
each expecting a battle between the Athenians and the relieving army, and
thinking it safer to see their friends victorious before declaring in their
favour.Unable to carry his point,
Brasidas went back to the rest of the army.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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