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[97] 26. Ulysses thought his ruse expedient, as1 the tragic poets, at least, have represented him. In Homer, our most reliable authority, no such suspicion is cast upon him; but the tragedies charge him with trying to escape a soldier's service by feigning madness. The trick was not morally right, but, someone may perhaps say, “It was expedient for him to keep his throne and live at ease in Ithaca with parents, wife, and son. Do you think that there is any glory in facing daily toil and danger that can be compared with a life of such tranquillity?”

[p. 375] Nay; I think that tranquillity at such a price is to be despised and rejected; for if it is not morally right, neither is it expedient.

1 Apparent Expediency vs. Fortitude: (1) Ulysses's ruse,

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