But today, in spite of his nature,
he's preoccupied, dejected. Near the shore
he watches, deeply distressed, as they unload
ships with booty taken from the Peloponnese.
Greek loot: booty from Corinth.
Today certainly it's not right,
it's not possible for the young Greek-Italian
to want to amuse himself in any way.
Constantine P. Cavafy