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moved in a narrow space, and were opposed by a large reinforcement of the city
guard. After a short struggle they were overpowered, and the gates were closed.
Some few of the strongest and the foremost of their numbers succeeded in
following the ambassadors; the greater part, however, remained on the inner side
of the gate, pressing closely up to it in their impatience and despair, like prisoners
awaiting their deliverance, or preparing to force their escape.
Among these, feeblest amid the most feeble, were Numerian and Antonina,
hemmed in by the surrounding crowd, and shut out either from flight from the city
or a return to home.