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Lysistrata   



Oh! if it were what you suppose, there would be never an absentee.


No, no, it concerns a thing I have turned about and about this way and


that so many sleepless nights.


CLEONICE (still unable to be serious)


It must be something mighty fine and subtle for you to have turned


it about so!


LYSISTRATA


So fine, it means just this, Greece saved by the women!


CLEONICE


By the women! Why, its salvation hangs on a poor thread then!


LYSISTRATA


Our country's fortunes depend on us-it is with us to undo


utterly the Peloponnesians.


CLEONICE


That would be a noble deed truly!


LYSISTRATA


To exterminate the Boeotians to a man!


CLEONICE


But surely you would spare the eels.


LYSISTRATA


For Athens' sake I will never threaten so fell a doom; trust me

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