= Note by Elpenor
'Son of Laertes, sprung from heaven, crafty Odysseus, I will speak out plainly the word which I intend to carry out in act, and which will, I believe, be accomplished. For I hate him like the gates of death who thinks one thing and says another. But I will speak that which shall be accomplished.'
Now, in these verses he clearly indicates the character of the two men; he shows Achilles to be true and simple, and Odysseus to be wily and false; for he supposes Achilles to be addressing Odysseus in these lines.
Socr.: Now, Hippias, I think that I understand your meaning; when you say that Odysseus is wily, you clearly mean that he is false?
Hipp.: Exactly so, Socrates; it is the character of Odysseus, as he is represented by Homer in many passages both of the Iliad and Odyssey.
Socr.: And Homer must be presumed to have meant that the true man is not the same as the false?
Hipp.: Of course, Socrates.
Socr.: And is that your own opinion, Hippias?
Hipp.: Certainly; how can I have any other?
Socr.: Well, then, as there is no possibility of asking Homer what he meant in these verses of his, let us leave him; but as you show a willingness to take up his cause, and your opinion agrees with what you declare to be his, will you answer on behalf of yourself and him?
Hipp.: I will; ask shortly anything which you like.
Socr.: Do you say that the false, like the sick, have no power to do things, or that they have the power to do things?
Hipp.: I should say that they have power to do many things, and in particular to deceive mankind.
Socr.: Then, according to you, they are both powerful and wily, are they not?
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