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[5] This distressed all who heard it; But Horatius, not at all disturbed, merely said: ‘Cast forth the dead then whither ye please, for I take no mourning upon me,’ and finished his consecration. Now the announcement was not true, but Marcus thought by his falsehood to deter Horatius from his duty. Wonderful, therefore, was the firm poise of the man, whether he at once saw through the deceit, or believed the story without letting it overcome him.1

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