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CHAPTER III. With a slow and thoughtful step, Pausanias passed on
to the outer deck. The moon was up, and the vessel scarcely seemed
to stir, so gently did it glide along the sparkling waters. They
were still within the bay, and the shores rose, white and distinct,
to his view. A group of Spartans, reclining by the side of the
ship, were gazing listlessly on the waters. The Regent paused
beside them. "Ye weary of the ocean, methinks," said he. "We
Dorians have not the merchant tastes of the Ionians." " Son of
Cleombrotus," said one of the group, a Spartan whose rank and
services entitled him to more than ordinary familiarity with the
chief, " it is not the ocean itself that we should dread; it is the
contagion of those who, living on the element, seem to share in its
ebb and flow. The Ionians are never three hours in the same mind."
" For that reason," said Pausanias, fixing his eyes steadfastly on
the Spartan, " for that reason I have judged it advisable to adopt
a rough manner with these innovators, to draw with a broad chalk
the line between them and the Spartans, and to teach those who
never knew discipline the No Spartan served as a sailor, or indeed
condescended to any trade or calling but that of war. stern duties
of obedience. Think you I have done wisely ?" The Spartan, who had
risen when Pausanias addressed him, drew his chief a little aside
from the rest. " Pausanias," said he, " the hard Naxian stone best
tames and tempers the fine steel; but the steel may break if the
workman be not skillful. These Athenians are grown insolent since
Marathon, and their soft kindred of Asia have relighted the fires
they took of old from the Cecropian Pryt- aneum. Their sail is more
numerous than ours; on the sea they find the courage they lose on
land. Better ...
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