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86. The Melian representatives answered:—'The quiet interchange of explanations is a reasonable1 thing, and we do not object to that. But your warlike movements, which are present not only to our fears but to our eyes, seem to belie your words. We see that, although you may reason with us, you mean to be our judges; and that at the end of the discussion, if the justice of our cause prevail and we therefore refuse to yield, we may expect war; if we are convinced by you, slavery.'

1 We do not object. But discussion between you and us is a mockery, and can only end in and can only in our ruin.

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