And Achilles answered, "Most noble son of Atreus, covetous beyond all mankind, how shall the Achaeans find you another prize?
Then Agamemnon said, "Achilles, valiant though you be, you shall not thus outwit me.
Achilles scowled at him and answered, "You are steeped in insolence and lust of gain.
Achilles turned in amaze, and by the fire that flashed from her eyes at once knew that she was Minerva.
"Goddess," answered Achilles, "however angry a man may be, he must do as you two command him.
Therefore I say, and swear it with a great oath--nay, by this my sceptre which shalt sprout neither leaf nor shoot, nor bud anew from the day on which it left its parent stem upon the mountains--for the axe stripped it of leaf and bark, and now the sons of the Achaeans bear it as judges and guardians of the decrees of heaven--so surely and solemnly do I swear that hereafter they shall look fondly for Achilles and shall not find him.
Therefore, Agamemnon, though you be strong, take not this girl away, for the sons of the Achaeans have already given her to Achilles; and you, Achilles, strive not further with the king, for no man who by the grace of Jove wields a sceptre has like honour with Agamemnon.
But Agamemnon did not forget the threat that he had made Achilles, and called his trusty messengers and squires Talthybius and Eurybates.
They found Achilles sitting by his tent and his ships, and ill-pleased he was when he beheld them.
Then Achilles went all alone by the side of the hoar sea, weeping and looking out upon the boundless waste of waters.