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!
So fine, it means just this, Greece saved by the women!
By the women! Why, its salvation hangs on a poor thread then!
Our country's fortunes depend on us-it is with us to undo
utterly the Peloponnesians.
That would be a noble deed truly!
To exterminate the Boeotians to a man!
But surely you would spare the eels.
For Athens' sake I will never threaten so fell a doom; trust me