William Paterson had been shamefully treated by his associates, his advice flouted,
his authority denied, his confidence betrayed.
Sappho of Lesbos flung herself from the Leucadian rock because Phaon flouted
her, and if I could save Marcus from any calamity by doing the same, I would follow her example.
The Cid, an exile from Castile and flouted
by his enemies at home, must vindicate himself.