Later, when they were drinking after their1
meal, Hystaspas asked: “Pray, Cyrus, would you be displeased with me, if I were to ask you something that I wish to know from you?”
“Why, no; by the gods, no,” he answered; “on the contrary, I should be displeased with you if I found that you refrained from asking something that you wished to ask.”
“Tell me, then,” said the other, “did I ever fail to come when you sent for me?”
“Or, obeying, did I ever obey reluctantly?”
“No; nor that.”
“Or did I ever fail to do your bidding in anything?”
“I make no such accusation,” answered Cyrus.
“And is there anything I did that you found me doing otherwise than eagerly or cheerfully?”
“That, least of all,” answered Cyrus.