“Why in tears, Patroclus?
Like a girl, a baby running after her mother,
begging to be picked up, and she tugs her skirts,
holding her back as she tries to hurry off–all tears,
fawning up at her, till she takes her in her arms…
That’s how you look, Patroclus, streaming live tears.”
-The Illiad; Book 16; Lines 7-12
I know this quote is meant to be said out of pity and with actual care for his friend, but somehow I can only picture someone holding up a picture of a crying baby and saying, “this is what you look like right now. This is your life.” Achilles is trying to be a good guy, but my brain won’t let him. I suppose that it doesn’t help is case that he immediately follows this by saying, “tell me what’s got you crying. I hope that one of our fathers hasn’t died, for surely that would be a reason to grieve. Surely your not weeping for the Argives, getting what they deserve…”