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“I envy you for that, Cyrus,” said Hystaspas while they were still laughing, “more than for anything else in your kingdom.”

“Envy me for what?” asked Cyrus.

“Why, that, frigid as you are, you can still make us laugh.”

“Well,” said Cyrus, “and would you not give a great deal to have made these jokes and to have them reported to the lady with whom you wish to have the reputation of being a witty fellow?”

Thus, then, these pleasantries were exchanged.

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