Yet, look you, when the women are summoned to meet for a matter of
the greatest importance, they lie in bed instead of coming.
Oh! they will come, my dear; but it's not easy, you know, for
women to leave the house. One is busy pottering about her husband;
another is getting the servant up; a third is putting her child asleep
or washing the brat or feeding it.
But I tell you, the business that calls them here is far and
away more urgent.
And why do you summon us, dear Lysistrata? What is it all about?
About a big thing.
CLEONICE (taking this in a different sense; with great interest)
And is it thick too?
Yes, very thick.
And we are not all on the spot! Imagine!