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[3] Consternation reigned, of course, and then came pity, a change of heart, and self-reproach for having come to so unlawful and ungrateful a decision against a man who had been the saviour of Italy, and who ought in all decency to be helped. ‘So, then,’ the talk ran, ‘let him go where he will as an exile, to suffer elsewhere his allotted fate. And let us pray that the gods may not visit us with their displeasure for casting Marius out of our city in poverty and rags.’ Moved by such considerations, they rushed into his room in a body, surrounded him, and began to lead him forth to the sea.

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