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92. On hearing these words the Lacedaemonians did not openly quarrel with the Athenians; for1 they professed that the embassy had been designed, not to interfere with them, but to offer a suggestion for the public good; besides at that time the patriotism which the Athenians had displayed in the Persian War had created a warm feeling of friendliness between the two cities. They were annoyed at the failure of their purpose, but they did not show it. And the envoys on either side returned home without any formal complaint.

1 But appearances are maintained, and there is no open quarrel.

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