Ben-Hur did not understand him.
"I remember how pleasant the world was to me in my youth," Simonides proceeded.
"Yet," said Ben-Hur, "you were capable of a great sacrifice."
"Has not life other motives as strong?"
"Ambition is forbidden a son of Israel."
The spark dropped upon the inflammable passion; the man's eyes gleamed; his hands shook; he answered, quickly, "Revenge is a Jew's of right; it is the law."
"A camel, even a dog, will remember a wrong," cried Ilderim.
Directly Simonides picked up the broken thread of his thought.