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[4] At the time, however, Archias was drunk, and the bearer of the letter was brought to him and put it into his hands, saying: ‘The sender of this bade thee read it at once; for it is on serious business.’ Then Archias answered with a smile: ‘Serious business for the morrow’; and when he had received the letter he put it under his pillow, and resumed his casual conversation with Phillidas. Wherefore these words of his are a current proverb to this day among the Greeks.

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