By Robert Graves
Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to develop into, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. the following he recounts his unusually winning reign: how he cultivates the loyalty of the military and the typical humans to fix the wear brought on by Caligula; his family members with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of england. however the transforming into paranoia of absolute energy and the infidelity of his promiscuous younger spouse Messalina suggest that his success won't final eternally. during this moment a part of Robert Graves's fictionalized autobiography, Claudius - wry, rueful, continuously inquisitive - brings to lifestyles probably the most scandalous and violent occasions in historical past.
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They run us outta Weed,” he exploded triumphantly. “Run us out, hell,” said George disgustedly. “We run. ” Lennie giggled happily. ” George lay back on the sand and crossed his hands under his head, and Lennie imitated him, raising his head to see whether he were doing it right. “God, you’re a lot of trouble,” said George. “I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail. ” “Awright. You got that. ” The day was going fast now. Only the tops of the Gabilan mountains flamed with the light of the sun that had gone from the valley.
I ain’t got mine. ” He looked down at the ground in despair. “You never had none, you crazy bastard. I got both of ’em here. ” Lennie grinned with relief. “I . . ” His hand went into the pocket again. George looked sharply at him. ” “Ain’t a thing in my pocket,” Lennie said cleverly. “I know there ain’t. You got it in your hand. ” “I ain’t got nothin’, George. ” Lennie held his closed hand away from George’s direction. ” “A mouse? ” “Uh-uh. Jus’ a dead mouse, George. I didn’ kill it. Honest! I found it.
Lennie tried to disengage his ear. ” “No, you never. ” “I never meant no harm, George. ” “Well, you keep away from her, ’cause she’s a rat-trap if I ever seen one. You let Curley take the rap. He let himself in for it. Glove fulla Vaseline,” George said disgustedly. ” Lennie cried out suddenly—“I don’ like this place, George. This ain’t no good place. ” “We gotta keep it till we get a stake. We can’t help it, Lennie. We’ll get out jus’ as soon as we can. ” He went back to the table and set out a new solitaire hand.
Claudius the God by Robert Graves