As he entered the palace he took off his lion-skin and flung it over a chair, where it lay in a most life-like fashion. Presently a crowd of children came into the room laughing and talking. But when they saw the lion-skin they turned and fled, shrieking that there was a lion in the palace.
All exept one. Pittheus had a grandson aged aout seven, whose name was Theseus. He did not run away: on the contrary, he snatched an axe from one of the guards and attacked the skin furiously, thinking it was a live lion.
Heracles laughed encouragingly: "We'll have you following in my footsteps before long!" he cried.
"I could ask for no better fate", answered young Theseus stoutly.(side 183)
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