Ho, there! Who are you that dares to speak so about our king?
Don’t you know it is a crime to speak against the king? You are under arrest! Come and tell this opinion to the king’s face!
I am called Pythias.
So, Pythias! They tell me you do not approve of the laws I make.
I have no wish to make trouble for anyone. But I am not afraid to tell you that the people are suffering under your rule. They want to have a voice in making the laws for themselves. You do not allow them to speak up for themselves.
Throw this man into prison!
At once, Your Majesty!
Not for very long, Pythias. Two weeks from today, at noon, you shall be put to death in the public square as an example to anyone else who may dare to question my laws or acts. Off to prison with him, soldier!
For how long am I to remain in prison, Your Majesty, merely for speaking out for the people?