Upon this the woman paused a little, and then said, "Why do
I spare to speak of these grand secrets, now Pheroras is dead? that would
only tend to save Antipater, who is all our destruction. Hear then, O king,
and be thou, and God himself, who cannot be deceived, witnesses to the
truth of what I am going to say. When thou didst sit weeping by Pheroras
as he was dying, then it was that he called me to him, and said, My dear
wife, I have been greatly mistaken as to the disposition of my brother
towards me, and have hated him that is so affectionate to me, and have
contrived to kill him who is in such disorder for me before I am dead.
As for myself, I receive the recompence of my impiety; but do thou bring
what poison was left with us by Antipater, and which thou keepest in order
to destroy him, and consume it immediately in the fire in my sight, that
I may not be liable to the avenger in the invisible world." This I
brought as he bid me, and emptied the greatest part of it into the fire,
but reserved a little of it for my own use against uncertain futurity,
and out of my fear of thee."