Athena is outraged that Zeus could even think of such a thing!
You are ATHENA. Zeus has decided after all on Hector's death - and you are being allowed to do your bit to make certain it happens. While Achilles chases him past the washing-pools for the third time - like a chase in a dream where neither seemed to be moving - Zeus puts the deaths of the two men in the scales. The balance comes down against Hector, and not even Apollo can help him now. You tell Achilles you are with him, and will help.

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