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“Then, in heaven's name,” said Chrysantas,1 “could you tell us what sort of wife would suit a frigid king?”2

At this, of course, Cyrus burst out laughing, as did also all the rest.

1 Cyrus's “frigid” jokes

2 On the principle of opposites just described, the man who is ψυχρός “frigid,” “cold-blooded” should have a wife who is θερμή. In 23 ψυχρός is used in another sense—“frigid” or “dull” in his humour.

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