67."Whereas with us it falleth out that our former courage, wherewith though unexperienced we durst stand them, being now confirmed, and an opinion added of being the stronger, giveth to every one of us a double hope.And in all enterprises the greatest hope conferreth for the most part the greatest courage.
As for their imitation of our provisions, they are things we are acquainted withal, and we shall not in any kind be unprovided for them.But they, when they shall have many men of arms upon their decks, being not used to it, and many, as I may term them, land-darters, both Acarnanians and others, who would not be able to direct their darts though they should sit, how can they choose but put the galleys into danger and be all in confusion amongst themselves, moving in a fashion not their own?
As for the number of their galleys, it will help them nothing, if any of you fear also that, as being to fight against odds in number.For many in little room are so much the slower to do what they desire, and easiest to be annoyed by our munition.But the very truth you shall now understand by these things, whereof we suppose we have most certain intelligence.
Overwhelmed with calamities and forced by the difficulties which they are in at this present, they are grown desperate, not trusting to their forces, but willing to put themselves upon the decision of fortune, as well as they may, that so they may either go out by force or else make their retreat afterward by land, as men whose estates cannot change into the worse.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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