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She

Postby bedwere » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:00 pm

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She

Illa

Ἐκείνη

Holly

Ilex

Πρῖνος

Leo Vincey

Leo Vinciæus

Λέων Οὐιγκιαῖος

Ustane

Statia

Στατή

Mahomed

Mahometus

Μουχαμέτης

Billali

Villaticus

Βιλλαρικός

Cambridge University, England

Universitas Cantabrigiensis in Anglia

Τὸ Κανταβριγιακὸν Πανεπιστήμιον ἐν τῇ Ἀγγλίᾳ

Spellbound a class in ancient egyptian history listens to professor L. H. Holly.

Discipuli historiæ Ægyptiæ antiquæ stupentes auscultant professori L. H. Ilici.

Οἱ μαθηταὶ τῆς παλαιᾶς Αἰγυπτίας ἱστοριᾶς καταπλησσόμενοι ἀκροῶνται τοῦ καθηγητοῦ Λ. Ὁ. Πρίνου.

This is a story of an amazing adventure! Weird, astounding, some call it, but I know it happened. I was there when it all began thirty years ago on a dark and rainy night, when there came a knocking on my door.

Hæc sunt de eventu mirabili! Quæ quidam dixerint fabulam terribilem esse, ego autem scio ea accidisse. Aderam enim a principio, abhinc triginta annos, noctu multa ac pluvia, quum aliquis fores meas pulsavit.

Τάδε ἐστὶ περὶ θαυμαστῆς τύχης. Ἅπερ οἱ μέν τινες λέγοιεν ἂν μῦθον καταπληκτικὸν εἶναι, ἐγὼ δ' οἶδα συμβεβηκότα. Παρῆν γὰρ ἐξ ἀρχῆς, τριακοστὸν ἔτος τουτί, πολλῆς νυκτὸς καὶ ὄμβρου ὄντων, ὅτε τις ἔκοψε τὰς θύρας μου.

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Re: She

Postby bedwere » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:40 pm

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Thirty years earlier

Mr. Holly, a wild-looking man’s at the door. I can’t make out what he says.

He may be hungry. Give the poor wretch something to eat.


Triginta ante annis...

Domine, homo qui agrestis videtur stat ad ostium. Nec intellego quid dicat.

Fortasse esurit. Da illo misero escam.

Πρὸ τριάκοντα ἐτῶν...

Κύριε, ἄνθρωπός τις φαινόμενος ἄγριος ἕστηκεν ἐπὶ τῇ θύρᾳ. Οὐδὲ συνίημι ὅ, τι λέγει.

Ἴσως πεινῇ. Δὸς ἐκείνῳ τῷ ταλαιπώρῳ ἔδεσμα.

Holly, my old friend! I must see you!

John Vincey! Come in!


Ilex, amice, ad te mihi veniendum.

Joannes Vinciæe! Ingredere!

Πρῖνε, φίλε, πρὸς σὲ χρῆ με ἐλθεῖν.

Ἰωάννης Οὐιγκιαῖε. Εἴσελθε.

John Vincey had been an old school friend from a wealthy English family. That night he was in trouble and in need of a friend.

You are good and honest, Holly. Promise me two things. First, that you will guard this black casket.


What’s in the casket?

Joannes Vinciæus fuerat condiscipulus e dite familia Anglica. Qui, quum illa nocte in ærumnis esset, indigebat amico.

Es bonus et frugi, ο Ilex. Pollicere ergo duo. Primum quidem te custoditurum esse istam arculam nigram.

Quid est in arcula?

Ἰωάννης Οὐιγκιαῖος ἐγεγόνει συμμαθητὴς ἐκ πλουσίου οἴκου Ἀγγλικοῦ ὤν. Ὁ δ' ἐκείνῃ τῇ νυκτὶ κακῶς πάσχων ἔχρῃζε φίλου.

Καλοκἀγαθὸς εἶ, ὦ Πρῖμε. Ὑπόσχου οὖν δύο. Πρῶτον μὲν φυλάξειν τοῦτο τὸ μέλαν κιβώτιον.

Τί ἐν τῷ κιβωτίῳ;

There lies the strange history of the Vincey family, 2,000 years of tragic life and death!

Intus jacet historia familiæ Vinciææ, qui per duo milia annorum tragice vixerunt et mortui sunt.

Ἔνδον κεῖται ἡ ἱστορία τοῦ Οὐιγκιαίου οἴκου, ὅσοι διὰ δισχιλίων ἐτῶν τραγικῶς βεβιώκασί τε καὶ τεθνήκασιν.

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Re: She

Postby bedwere » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:01 pm

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What is the second promise?

That you will adopt and raise my five-year old son, Leo Vincey.


Quid alterum mihi promittendum?

Filium meum quinquennem, Leonem Vinciæum, a te adoptatum et eruditum iri.

Τί θάτερον δεῖ με ὑπισχνεῖσθαι;

Σὲ εἰσποιησάμενον παιδεύσεσθαι τὸν πενταετῆ υἱόν μου, τὸν Λέοντα Οὐγκιαῖον.

Why do you not raise your own son?

My wife is dead. I am dying from a rare disease which I contracted in Africa.


Cur tu non erudis tui ipsius filium?

Uxor mea mortua est. Ego autem pereo quoddam morbum rarum in Africa nactus.

Διὰ τί σὺ οὐ παιδεύεις τὸν σεαυτοῦ υἱόν;

Ἡ μὲν γυνή μου ἀποτέθνηκεν. Ἐγω δὲ ἀπόλλυμαι νόσον τινὰ σπανίαν κτησάμενος ἐν τῇ Ἀφρικῇ.

What were you doing in Africa?

Seeking to revenge the murder of the great Egyptian high priest of Isis, Kallikrates! I am his direct descendant!


Quidnam in Africa agebas?

Conabar ulcisci Callicratem cæsum, Isidis magnum Ægyptium summum sacerdotem! Ego enim illius prognatus sum!

Τί δὴ ἐν τῇ Ἀφρικῇ ἔπρασσες;

Ἐπειρώμην ἐκδικῆσαι Καλλικράτην πεφονευμένον, τὸν τῆς Ἴσιδος μέγαν Αἰγύπτιον ἀρχιερέα. Ἐγὼ γὰρ ἀπ' ἐκείνου γέγονα.

Kallikrates, high priest of Isis, lived in Egypt 2,000 years ago…

Callicrates, Isidis summus sacerdos, vixit in Ægypto abhinc duo milia annorum.

Καλλικράτης, τῆς Ἴσιδος ἀρχιερεὺς ὤν, ἐβίωσεν ἐν τῇ Αἰγυπτίῳ δισχιλιοστὸν ἔτος τουτί.

Kallikrates was murdered in a jealous rage by a great white queen of Kôr! Now she must be punished!

Callicrates cæsus est a regina quadam Cori, alba magnaque, ob zelotypiam irata. Quæ nunc punienda est.

Ὁ μὲν Καλλικράτης ἐφονεύθη ὑπὸ βασιλίσσης τινὸς Κόρου, λευκῆς τε καὶ μεγάλης, διὰ ζηλοτυπίαν ὀργισθείσης. Νῦν δ' αὐτὴν δεῖ δίκην διδόναι.

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Re: She

Postby bedwere » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:00 pm

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How can you avenge a murder that was committed 2,000 years ago? The white queen, whoever she was, has been dead for centuries!

Quomodo ultus eris cædem abhinc duo milia annorum factam? Nam regina alba, quæcumque ea fuit, mortua est ab ævo.

Πῶς ἂν ἐκδικοίης φόνον δισχιλιοστὸν ἔτος τουτὶ πραχθέντα; Ἡ γὰρ λευκὴ βασίλισσα, ἥτις ἔτυχεν οὖσα, ἀποτέθνηκεν ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος.

She still lives. The great white queen, who in a jealous rage slew my ancestor, Kallikrates, still lives. She has found the secret of life that goes on forever!

Adhuc vivit. Sane magna regina alba, quæ ob zelotypiam irata cecidit auctorem meum Callicratem, adhuc vivit. Invenit enim secretum vitæ æternæ.

Ἔτι ζῇ. Ἡ δὴ μεγάλη λευκὴ βασίλισσα, ἥπερ διὰ ζηλοτυπίαν ὀργισθεῖσα ἐφόνευσε τὸν πρόγονόν μου τὸν Καλλικράτην, ἔτι ζῇ. Εὔρηκε γὰρ τὸ ἀπόρρητον ζωῆς αἰωνίου.

Vincey is mad! How can he believe this rubbish about a white queen two thousand years old?

Vinciæus insanus est! Qui potest credere istas ineptias de regina alba duo milia annorum nata?

Οὐιγκιαῖος μαίνεται. Πῶς γὰρ πιστεύει τοῦτον τὸν φλύαρον περὶ βασιλίσσης λευκῆς τινος δισχίλια ἔτη γεγονυίας;

I gave Vincey my promise. I would call the authorities in the morning and have him placed placed in a home for the insane.

My lawyers will give you all the money you will ever need. Goodbye my friend. Kiss my son Leo for me and guard well the casket!


Promisi ergo Vinciæo. Mane autem, publicos appellaturus, curæ mihi erat illum in domo pro insanis includi.

Juriconsulti mei dabunt tibi omnem pecuniam qua umquam opus fuerit tibi. Vale, amice mi. Osculare loco mei Leonem filium meum et arculam diligenter costodi.

Ἐποιησάμην οὖν τὴν ὑπόσχεσιν τῷ Οὐιγκιαίῳ. Πρωῒ δέ, καλέσων τοὺς δημοσίους, ἔμελλον ἐκεῖνον εἰς τὴν τῶν μαινομένων φυλακὴν κατατεθῆναι.

Oἱ νομικοί μου δώσουσί σοι πάντα τὰ χρήματα ὁπόσων ἄν ποτε δεήσῃ σοι. Ἔρρωσο, ὦ φίλε. Φίλησον ἀντ᾽ ἐμοῦ Λέοντα τὸν υἱόν μου καὶ τὸ κιβώτιον καταφύλασσε.

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Re: She

Postby bedwere » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:32 pm

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Next morning, much to my surprise…

What is the meaning of this?


Mane postridie admiratus sum.

Quid hoc rei est?

Πρωῒ τῇ ὑστεραίᾳ ἀπεθαύμασα.

Τί τοῦτό ἐστιν;

This boy was just delivered at the front door by a lawyer who said you would understand!

My name is Leo Vincey.


Puer hic modo ad rectum ostium tradebatur a juriconsulto quodam, qui dixit te intellecturum esse.

Mihi nomen est Leo Vinciæus.

Ὅδε ὁ παῖς ἄρτι παρεδίδοτο πρὸς τῇ ἔμπροσθεν θύρῃ ὑπὸ νομικοῦ τινος εἰπόντος ὅτι συνήσει.

Λέων Οὐιγκιαῖος ὀνομάζομαι.

So this is the direct descendant of the Egyptian high priest of Isis, Kallikrates! Where is the lad’s father?

Mr. Vincey died shortly after he left here last night. This letter came with the boy.


Ergo iste est prognatus summi sacerdotis Ægyptii Isidis, Callicratis! Ubi est pueri pater?

Vinciæus non longe postquam nocte hesterna hinc discessit mortuus est. Hæc autem epistola una cum puero pervenit.

Οὗτος οὖν γέγονεν ἀπὸ τοῦ Αἰγυπτίου ἀρχιερέως τῆς Ἴσιδος, τοῦ Καλλικράτου. Ποῦ ἐστιν ὁ τοῦ παιδὸς πατήρ;

Ὁ μὲν Οὐιγκιαῖος οὐ πολὺ τῇ πρόσθεν νυκτὶ ἐντεῦθεν ἀπελθὼν ἐτελεύτησεν. Ἥδε δ' ἡ ἐπιστολὴ ἀφίκετο ἅμα τῷ παιδί.

I read the letter by Vincey’s hand which now reached out to me from the grave…

Wait twenty years before you open the casket. Tell Leo nothing until that time. For it will take twenty years to prepare him to avenge the murder of Kallikrates. I, John Vincey, do charge him to seek out the white queen!


Lego epistulam Vinciæi manu, quæ nunc me attingit ex inferis...

Expecta viginti annos antequam arculam aperueris. Nec quicquam dic Leoni usque ad id temporis. Viginti enim annis opus est ut ille paretur ulcisci Callicratem cæsum. Ego, Joannes Vinciæus, ei mando ut exquirat reginam albam!

Ἀναγιγνώσκω τὴν ἐπιστολὴν τῇ τοῦ Οὐιγκιαίου χειρί, τῇ νῦν μου ἐφαπτομένῃ ἐξ ᾄδου…

Περίμεινον εἴκοσιν ἔτη πρὶν ἄν τὸ κιβώτιον ἀνοίξῃς. Μηδὲ λέγε μηδὲν Λέοντι μέχρι τοσούτου. Εἰκόσι γὰρ ἐτῶν δεῖ ἐκεῖνον παρασκευάζεσθαι ἐκδικῆσαι Καλλικράτην πεφονευμένον. Ἐγώ, Ἰωάννης ὁ Οὐιγκιαῖος, ἐντέλλομαι αὐτῷ ἐπιζητεῖν τὴν λευκὴν βασίλισσαν.

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Re: She

Postby bedwere » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:46 pm

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The years passed. I told Leo nothing, following Vincey’s instructions. As a scholar, I was able to prepare Leo for his quest. I taught him Latin, Greek, and, of course, Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Prætereuntibus autem annis, faciens secundum Vinciæi litteras, nihil dicebam Leoni. Quumque præceptor essem, poteram parare Leonem ad inquisitionem ejus. Docui enim eum et Latinam et Græcam et vero hieroglyphicas Ægyptias.

Παρερχομένων δὲ τῶν ἐτῶν, ποιῶν κατὰ τὰ τοῦ Οὐιγκιαίου γράμματα, οὐκ ἔλεγον Λέοντι οὐδέν. Καὶ διδάσκαλος ὤν, οἷός τε ἦν παρασκευάζειν τὸν Λέοντα πρὸς τὴν ζήτησιν αὐτοῦ. Ἐδίδαξα γὰρ αὐτὸν καὶ τὴν Ῥωμαϊκὴν καὶ τὴν Ἑλληνικὴν καὶ μὴν τὰ Αἱγύπτια ἱερογλυφικά γε.

Leo was a natural athlete, as well as a scholar. His sturdy physique was to save my life in later years.

Leo autem natura erat et athleta et discipulus. Qui enim viribus lacertisque præditus postea me ad salutem reducebat.

Ὁ δὲ Λέων φύσει ἦν καὶ ἀθλητὴς καὶ μαθητής. Ὁ γὰρ ἔχων ἰσχύν τε καὶ ῥώμην ὕστερον ἔσῳζέν με.

I taught the lad to handle a rifle and shoot straight!

Bullseye, Uncle Holly!

Docuique puerum uti sclopeto et recta jaculari.

In scopum, avuncule Ilex!

Καὶ ἐπαίδευσα τὸν παῖδα χρῆσθαι πυροβόλῳ καὶ εὐθὺ βάλλειν.

Ἐπὶ σκοπόν, θεῖε Πρῖνε.

Graduation from Cambridge at 22 meant that we were nearing the day when, in accordance with my promise to Leo’s father, we would open the mysterious black casket.

Quo XXII annos nato Universitate Cantabrigiensi provecto, appropinquabat dies quando,
secundum promissum patri Leonis meum, occulta arcula nigra nobis aperienda esset.

Ἐκείνου δὲ κβ' ἔτη γεγονότος τῷ Κανταβριγιακῷ Πανεπιστημίῳ προαχθέντος,
ἤγγιζεν ἡ ἡμέρα ὅτε, κατὰ τὴν τῷ Λέοντος πατρὶ ἐπαγγελίαν μου, τὸ κρύφιον μέλαν κιβώτιον δέοι ἀνοιχθῆναι.

What secrets did it hold?

Quidnam a secretis erat intus in ea?

Τί δὴ τῶν ἀπορρήτων ἐνῆν αὐτῷ;

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Postby bedwere » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:04 am

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25th birthday! I told Leo the story of the murder of his ancestor Kallikrates and the white queen who had found the secret of life eternal. Leo thought it was a joke.

Et venit XXV dies natalis! Ego itaque Leoni rem narravi de auctore ejus Callicrate reginaque alba quæ secretum vitæ æternæ invenerat. Leo autem jocari me putavit.

Καὶ ἦλθεν τὰ κε' γενέθλια. Ἐγὼ μὲν ἄρα Λέοντι διηγησάμην τὰ περὶ τοῦ προγόνου αὐτοῦ τοῦ Καλλικράτους τε καὶ τῆς λευκῆς βασιλίσσης εὑρηκυίας τὸ ἀπόρρητον ζωῆς αἰωνίου. Λέων δ' ἐνόμισέ με παίζειν.

Surely you don’t believe that story, uncle Holly!

Let us open the casket!


Profecto non credis talia, avuncule Ilex!

Aperiamus arculam!

Οὐ μὴν πιστεύεις τοιαῦτα, θεῖε Πρῖνε.

Ἀνοίξωμεν τὸ κιβώτιον.

Leo turned the key in the ancient lock.

Deinde Leo vertit clavem in antiqua claustra.

Ἔπειτα Λέων στρέφει τὴν κλεῖν ἐν τῷ παλαιῷ κλείθρῳ.

Do you still think this is a joke?

It’s Egyptian, that’s sure!


Ἆρα ἔτι νομίζεις τοῦτο παιδιὰν εἶναι;

Αἰγύπτιόν γε δή.

Αdhuc putasne rem jocum esse?

Omnino Ægyptia.

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Postby bedwere » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:55 am

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The casket held a letter from Leo’s father, an exquisite scarab ring, and a fragment of Egyptian pottery.

Arcula habebat epistulam a patre Leonis et anulum forma scarabæi mirabilem et testam Ægyptiam.

Τὸ δὲ κιβώτιον εἶχεν ἐπιστολὴν ἀπὸ τοῦ πατρὸς τοῦ Λέοντος καὶ δακτύλιον κανθαρῶδες θαυμαστὸν καὶ ὄστρακον Αἰγύπτιον.

To my son Leo

The scarab ring fitted Leo’s finger as perfectly as if it had been made to order. This was significant. It was the scarab of Kallikrates.


Leoni filio meo.

Sic autem anulus convenibat digito Leonis quasi præparatus esset. Et res notabilis vero. Εrat enim scarabæus Callicratis.

Λέοντι τῷ τέκνῳ.

Οὕτω δὲ τὸ δακτύλιον ἥρμοζε τῷ τοῦ Λέοντος δακτύλῳ ὥσει προπεποιημένον ἦν. Καὶ σημειῶδες δὴ ἐκεῖνο. Ἦν γὰρ ὁ τοῦ Καλλικράτους κάνθαρος.

I have a strange feeling that the whole story is known to me! Yet how can that be? What does it say on the pottery, uncle Holly?

Mirum in modum sentio omnia mihi cognita esse. Tamen quomodo fieri potest? Quid scriptum est in testa, avuncule Ilex?

Θαυμαστῶς αἰσθάνομαι πάντα μοι γνώριμα ὄντα. Ὅμως πῶς τοῦτ' ἐνδέχεται; Τί γέγραπται ἐπὶ τοῦ ὀστράκου, θεῖε Πρῖνε;

It seems to have been by the honorable wife of Kallikrates, one Amenartas.

Hoc videtur scriptum esse ab Amenartide quadam, Callicratis legitima conjuge.

Τοῦτο δοκεῖ γραφῆναι ὑπὸ Ἀμενάρταδός τινος, τῆς Καλλικράτους γνησίας γυναικός.

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Re: She

Postby bedwere » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:45 pm

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...descendant of Kallikrates, hear me! Seek out the White Queen who has found the secret of life forever. She who lives near the river marked by the Head of the Ethiopian. If one generation fails, let another try until she is made to suffer and the murder of Kallikrates is avenged…

...o prognate Callicratis, audi me. Exquire reginam albam quæ secretum vitæ æternæ invenit. Et quæ prope flumen capite Æthiopis signatum habitat. Si vero generatio alia defecerit, alia tentet dum, illa cruciata, ulciscatur Callicratem cæsum...

ὦ γεγονὼς ἀπὸ Καλλικράτους, ἄκουέ μου. Ἐπιζήτει τὴν λευκὴν βασίλλισαν τὴν εὑρηκυῖαν τὸ ἀπόρρητον ζωῆς αἰωνίου. Καὶ τὴν οἰκοῦσαν πρὸς τῷ ποταμῷ σεσημειωμένῳ κεφαλῇ Αἰθίοπος. Ἐὰν δὴ γενεὰ ἄλλη ἁμάρτῃ, ἄλλη πειράσθω ἕως ἄν, ἐκείνης βασανισθείσης, ἐκδικήσῃ Καλλικράτην πεφονευμένον...

Next Leo opened the letter from his poor father

Deinde Leo litteras a misero patre aperuit.

Ἔπειτα ὁ Λέων ἤνοιξε τὴν ἐπιστολὴν ἀπὸ τοῦ ταλαιπώρου πατρός.

..our family name Vincey comes from the old Latin word Vindex meaning to avenge. I gave my life in the quest. Now you must succeed where I failed….

Vinciæus cognomen nostrum venit a vocabulo Latino Vindex, quod interpretatur qui vindicat. Ego quidem inquirendo vitam dedit. Tibi autem nunc procedendum qua defeci.

Οὐιγκιαῖος ἡ ἡμετέρα ἐπωνυμία ἦλθεν ἀπὸ τῆς Ῥωμαϊκῆς λέξεως Vindex, ἣ ἑρμηνεύεται τιμωρός. Ἐγὼ μὲν ἐπιζητῶν δέδωκα τὸν βίον. Σοὶ δὲ χρὴ προκόπτειν ᾗ ἐλλέλοιπα.
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Re: She

Postby bedwere » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:44 pm

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I feel very strange! It’s all so weird. Yet, I believe it!

Mire me habeo! Nam omnia quidem insolita, ego autem credo.

Θαυμάσια πάσχω. Πάντα μὲν γὰρ ἀλλότρια, ἐγὼ δὲ πιστεύω.

Something is telling me that I must avenge my father and all those of my family who have gone before me over the centuries.

Audio quodammodo mihi vindicandum esse patrem omnesque cognatos qui abierint ante me per sæcula.

Ἀκούω πως δεῖν με ἐκδικῆσαι τὸν πατέρα τε καὶ πάντας τοὺς συγγενεῖς ἐληλυθότας πρὸ ἐμοῦ διὰ τῶν αἰώνων.

Contact had been made with the supernatural past. What seemed like a story to me was truth and fact to Leo! From that moment on, Leo was a changed man…

Tunc præterita extra naturæ modum contacta sunt. Quod enim fabula mihi esse videbatur, istud res gesta Leoni erat! Dehinc Leo mutatus erat...

Τότε ὁ πρόσθεν χρόνος ὑπερφυῶς ἐγένετο ἐν πείρᾳ. Ὅπερ γὰρ ἐδόκει μοι μῦθος εἶναι, τοῦτο ἦν Λέοντι πρᾶγμα. Τοὐντεῦθεν Λέων ἠλλαγμένος ἦν.

One thought was in his mind, vengeance! But if he needed me, I would go with him to the ends of the Earth!

Unum enim erat illi in mente, ultio! Sed si me indiguerat, secuturus eram eum ad extrema terræ.

Πρὸς ἓν γὰρ εἶχε τὸν νοῦν, πρὸς τὴν τιμωρίαν. Ἀλλ' εἰ δέοιτο μου, ἔμελλον ἀκολουθεῖν αὐτῷ εἰς τὰ ἔσχατα τῆς γῆς.

How soon can we start for Africa?

Quando possumus in Africam proficisci?

Πότε ἔξεστιν ἡμῖν πορευθῆναι εἰς τὴν Ἀφρικήν;

As soon as you wish. Your father left us all the money we need for guns, ammunition, and equipment.

Quando primum volueris. Nam pater tuus remisit omnem pecuniam qua umquam opus fuerit nobis ad sclopeta et glandes et instrumenta.

Ὅταν πρῶτον βούλῃ. Ὁ γὰρ πατήρ σου ἐφῆκεν πάντα τὰ χρήματα ὁπόσων ἄν ποτε δεήσῃ ἡμῖν πρὸς τὰ πυροβόλα καὶ τὰς μολυβδίδας καὶ τὰ σκεύη.
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