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[4] Finally, when Cleomenes plucked up courage to speak of the matter, his mother burst into a hearty laugh and said: ‘Was this the thing which thou wast often of a mind to tell me but lost thy courage? Make haste, put me on board a vessel, and send this frail body wheresoever thou thinkest it will be of most use to Sparta, before old age destroys it sitting idly here.’

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