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[2] This agreement concluded, the volunteers, about two thousand in number, set out on their march; and there was a heavy downpour of rain; at the same time Xenophon with the rearguard began advancing toward the visible way out, in order that the enemy might be giving their attention to that road and that the party1 taking the roundabout route might, so far as possible, escape observation.

1 i.e. the volunteers.

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