The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:|
 Or, "the trusty knight and serving-man." Cf. "Morte d'Arthur,"
xxi. 5, King Arthur and Sir Bedivere.
Well, then, of this frank confidence in others the tyrant has the
scantiest share. Seeing his life is such, he cannot even trust his
meats and drinks, but he must bid his serving-men before the feast
begins, or ever the libation to the gods is poured, to taste the
viands, out of sheer mistrust there may be mischief lurking in the cup
 Or, "from this . . . is almost absolutely debarred."
 "Or ever grace is said."
 Cf. "Cyrop." I. iii. 4.