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[31] Thus these plans were being put into execution.

Now, he wished to send some one as a spy into Lydia to find out what the Assyrian was doing, and it seemed to him that Araspas, the guardian of the beautiful woman, was the proper person to go on this mission. Now Araspas's case had taken a turn like1 this: he had fallen in love with the lady and could not resist the impulse to approach her with amorous proposals.

1 Araspas and Panthea

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