Caio Appio Quintilliano: You have a Test of Strength to undergo. If you win, you can go free. If you lose, Marcus, you'll be drawn and quartered, and after that, whatever's left of you will be exposed in the marketplace as befits a deserter.
Caio Appio's Sister: What about Marcus?
Caio Appio Quintilliano: I've taken care of that. He's to be executed tomorrow at daybreak.
Caio Appio's Sister: My, you're in a hurry to kill him, aren't you. That's not like you, brother dear. In a few days everyone celebrates the Feast of Fire, you know. I think we should make him go through the Trial of Strength. I remember when you used to enjoy that sort of thing.
Caio Appio Quintilliano: I must say that's a good idea. In any case, nobody has ever survived it. I'll suspend the execution. That way, you'll have more time for your, shall we say, whims.