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NEOPTOLEMUS
I come
To purge me of my crimes.
ULYSSES
Indeed! What crimes?
NEOPTOLEMUS
My blind obedience to the Grecian host
And to thy counsels.
ULYSSES
Hast thou practised aught
Base or unworthy of thee?
NEOPTOLEMUS
Yes; by art
And vile deceit betrayed th' unhappy.
ULYSSES
Whom?
Alas! what mean you?
NEOPTOLEMUS
Nothing. But the son
Of Poeas-
ULYSSES
Ha! what wouldst thou do? My heart
Misgives me.
NEOPTOLEMUS
I have ta'en his arms, and now-
ULYSSES
Thou wouldst restore them! Speak! Is that thy purpose?
Almighty Jove!
NEOPTOLEMUS
Unjustly should I keep
Another's right?
ULYSSES
Now, by the gods, thou meanest
To mock me! Dost thou not?
NEOPTOLEMUS
If to speak truth
Be mockery.
ULYSSES
And does Achilles' son
Say this to me?
NEOPTOLEMUS
Why force me to repeat
My words so often to thee?
ULYSSES
Once to hear them
Is once indeed too much.
NEOPTOLEMUS
Doubt then no more,
For I have told thee all.
ULYSSES
There are, remember,
There are who may prevent thee.
NEOPTOLEMUS
Who shall dare
To thwart my purpose?
ULYSSES
All the Grecian host,
And with them, I.
NEOPTOLEMUS
Wise as thou art, Ulysses,
Thou talkst most idly.
ULYSSES
Wisdom is not thine
Either in word or deed.

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