66.And this with the most carried a good shew, because they that would set forward the alteration of the state were to have the managing of the same.Yet the people and the Council of the Bean met still, but debated nothing, save what the conspirators thought fit;nay, all that spake were of that number, and had considered before what they were to say.
Nor would any of the rest speak against them, for fear, because they saw the combination was great;and if any man did, he was quickly made away by one convenient means or other, and no inquiry made after the deed-doers, nor justice prosecuted against any that was suspected.But the people were so quiet and so afraid that every man thought it gain to escape violence though he said never a word.
Their hearts failed them because they thought the conspirators more indeed than they were;and to learn their number, in respect of the greatness of the city and for that they knew not one another, they were unable.
For the same cause also was it impossible for any man that was angry at it to bemoan himself, whereby to be revenged on them that conspired;for he must have told his mind either to one he knew not or to one he knew and trusted not.
For the popular approached each other, every one with jealousy, as if they thought him of the plot.For indeed there were such amongst them as no man would have thought would ever have turned to the oligarchy;and those were they that caused in the many that diffidence, and by strengthening the jealousy of the popular one against another, conferred most to the security of the few.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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