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[10] A proof of this is given by the story of the young men of Tarentum, who had made a number of scurrilous criticisms of Pyrrhus over the dinner table: they were called upon to answer for their statements, and, since the charge was one that admitted neither of denial nor of excuse, they succeeded in escaping, thanks to a happy jest which made the king laugh: for one of the accused said, “Yes, and if the bottle hadn't been empty, we should have killed you!” a jest which succeeded in dissipating the animosity which the charge had aroused.

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