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Gobryas returned with the Assyrian king's reply, and when Cyrus heard it he drew off his army; then summoning Gobryas he said to him: “Tell me, you were saying, were you not, that you thought that the prince who was castrated by the Assyrian would be on our side?”

“Why, of course;” he replied, “I feel perfectly sure of it; for he and I have often talked together freely.”

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