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Lysistrata   


of wheat at home; let him take what I have to give, a big twelve-pound


loaf included. So let my poorer neighbours all come with bags and


wallets; my man, Manes, shall give them corn; but I warn them not to


come near my door, but-beware the dog!


(Another MAGISTRATE enters, and begins knocking at the gate.)


SECOND MAGISTRATE


I say, you, open the door! (To the WOMEN) Go your way, I tell


you. (As the women sit down in front of the gate) Why, bless me,


they're sitting down now; I shall have to singe 'em with my torch to


make 'em stir! What impudence! I won't take this. Oh, well, if it's


absolutely necessary, just to please you, we'll have to take the


trouble.


AN ATHENIAN


And I'll share it with you.





(He brandishes the torch he is carrying and the CHORUS OF WOMEN


departs. The CHORUS OF OLD MEN follows shortly after.)






SECOND MAGISTRATE


No, no, you must be off-or I'll tear your hair out, I will; be


off, I say, and don't annoy the Laconian envoys; they're just coming


out from the banquet-ball.

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