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a damp indentation. Why he left her
out of the story, I would have you
tell me. Man of exploits,
great tactician. Did you think
I would bear the burden of your secret
when you told your wife your tale of woe
and taught your son to slaughter slave girls
you demanded faithful in your absence?
Man they call kingly, great-hearted, enduring.
Man they call hothead, mastermind, tale-teller.
Man they call sacker of cities, have you forgotten
my name means burner of ships.