HERACLES AND ATHENA
Heracles was making his way through a narrow pass. He saw something that looked
like an apple lying on the ground and he tried to smash it with his club. After
having been struck by the club, the thing swelled up to twice its size. Heracles
struck it again with his club, even harder than before, and the thing then expanded
to such a size that it blocked Heracles's way. Heracles let go of his club and
stood there, amazed. Athena saw him and said, 'O Heracles, don't be so surprised!
This thing that has brought about your confusion is Contentiousness and Strife.
If you just leave it alone, it stays small; but if you decide to fight it, then
it swells from its small size and grows large.'