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[3] And when Archias began to threaten him angrily, ‘Now,’ said he, ‘thou utterest the language of the Macedonian oracle;1 but a moment ago thou were acting a part. Wait a little, then, that I may write a message to my family.’ With these words, he retired into the temple, and taking a scroll, as if about to write, he put his pen to his mouth and bit it, as he was wont to do when thinking what he should write, and kept it there some time, then covered and bent his head.

1 i.e. thy real sentiments in obedience to Antipater.

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