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[5] But he took his failure overmuch to heart, and what is more, when his enemies were exulting over him, he told them, it is said, with more boldness than was fitting, that they were laughing with sardonic laughter, and were not aware of the great darkness that enveloped them in consequence of his public measures.1

1 Blass compares the laughter of the doomed suitors in Odyssey, xx. 346 ff.—the fatuous smile of men whose fate is sealed, though they are unaware of it.

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