Finished the 4th. Book of the Cyropaedia; I shall have no more to do with this author
while I remain here, and am heartily glad of it. It is not now, as in the first book.
The Conquest of Empires is related, but in the same manner, that the trifles of the
hero's childhood were. Gobryas appears to me to tell his story, just as a crabberly
boy complains to his mother, that he has been beat, not like a sovereign, ardent to
revenge the death of his Son: there appears moreover in this Romance, a very great
degree of improbability. Human Nature must have been very different then from what
it is now, if a short speech, could not only restrain soldiers from plundering, but
make those of one Nation, tamely give up their prey to their allies.