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Constrained, however, by his necessities, he went up into Lydia, proceeded at once to the house of Cyrus, and ordered word to be sent in that Callicratidas the admiral was come and wished to confer with him. And when one of the door-keepers said to him: ‘But Cyrus is not at leisure now, Stranger, for he is at his wine’; Callicratidas replied with the utmost simplicity: ‘No matter, I will stand here and wait till he has had his wine.’

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