The god," he said, "is angry neither about vow nor hecatomb, but for his priest's sake, whom Agamemnon has dishonoured, in that he would not free his daughter nor take a ransom for her; therefore has he sent these evils upon us, and will yet send others.
With these words he sat down, and Agamemnon rose in anger.
Then Agamemnon said, "Achilles, valiant though you be, you shall not thus outwit me.
And Agamemnon answered, "Fly if you will, I shall make you no prayers to stay you.
You are strong, and have a goddess for your mother; but Agamemnon is stronger than you, for he has more people under him.
And Agamemnon answered, "Sir, all that you have said is true, but this fellow must needs become our lord and master: he must be lord of all, king of all, and captain of all, and this shall hardly be.
The son of Peleus went back to his tents and ships with the son of Menoetius and his company, while Agamemnon drew a vessel into the water and chose a crew of twenty oarsmen.
But Agamemnon did not forget the threat that he had made Achilles, and called his trusty messengers and squires Talthybius and Eurybates.
They stood fearfully and reverently before him, and never a word did they speak, but he knew them and said, "Welcome, heralds, messengers of gods and men; draw near; my quarrel is not with you but with Agamemnon who has sent you for the girl Briseis.
Agamemnon, son of Atreus, has done me dishonour, and has robbed me of my prize by force.
Let the Achaeans be hemmed in at the sterns of their ships, and perish on the sea-shore, that they may reap what joy they may of their king, and that Agamemnon may rue his blindness in offering insult to the foremost of the Achaeans.
Grant; we will leave friend Jones to repair the damages, with the assistance of Agamemnon, and hasten to a warm fire.
While speaking, the stock was slowly rising in Richard’s right hand, and the lash drawing through his left, in the scientific manner with which drummers apply the cat; and Agamemnon, after turning each side of himself toward his master, and finding both equally unwilling to remain there, fairly gave in.
It told of the dispute between Agamemnon
and Menelaus, the departure from Troy of Menelaus, the fortunes of the lesser heroes, the return and tragic death of Agamemnon
, and the vengeance of Orestes on Aegisthus.