The haruspex submitted, though deeply vexed, and asked whether the guilty boys were also to go unpunished.
"He is indispensable to us at this time," said the haruspex.
No Etruscan haruspex or Roman augur could wish for clearer omens: it reads like a page of Livy.
The haruspex ordered that the "ill-used man" should be set at liberty.
Cato, the Censor, is on record as saying "that he wondered how one haruspex could look another in the face without laughing!"
"So long as you are our leader, certainly," cried the haruspex.
Thereupon, Roman haruspex looked into the eyes of Roman haruspex, and they both laughed.
Manlius assisted in bringing the animals selected for victims to the haruspex.
During this speech the haruspex had frequently shrugged his shoulders.