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STORIES OF GREECE AND ROME
THE STORY OF ACHILLES

Then he gave the child to his mother, and she clasped him to her, and smiled a tearful smile. And her husband had pity on her, and stroked her with his hand, and said:
" Be not troubled overmuch. No man shall slay me against the ordering of fate; but no man may escape fate, be he cowardly or brave. But go, ply your tasks at the shuttle and the loom, and give their tasks to your maidens, and let men take thought for the battle."
Then Hector took up his helmet from the ground, and Andromache went her way to her home, often turning back her eyes. She and all her maidens wailed, for she felt that she should never more see him returning safe from the battle. But Hector went into battle with renewed strength, and everywhere the Greeks gave way before him.

IV. HOW PATROCLUS WENT INTO BATTLE WEARING THE ARMOR OF ACHILLES
Achilles was standing on the stern of his ship, looking at the battle, when he saw Nestor carrying a wounded soldier in his chariot to the ships. Then he called to Patroclus, his friend, and Patroclus, who was in the tent, came forth. Then said Achilles :
"Now will the Greeks soon come, praying for help, for their need is great. But go and see who this is whom Nestor is taking to the ships."
Then Patroclus ran. And when Nestor saw him, he urged him to sit down. But Patroclus would not sit, saying:
" Keep me not. I came but to see who this is that you have brought wounded from the battle."
Then said Nestor, "What cares Achilles for the Greeks,

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