It's seven long months since mine left for Pylos.
As for mine, if he ever does return from service, he's no sooner
home than he takes down his shield again and flies back to the wars.
And not so much as the shadow of a lover! Since the day the
Milesians betrayed us, I have never once seen an eight-inch gadget
even, to be a leathern consolation to us poor widows.... Now tell
me, if I have discovered a means of ending the war, will you all
Yes verily, by all the goddesses, I swear I will, though I have to
put my gown in pawn, and drink the money the same day.
And so will I, though I must be split in two like a flat-fish, and
have half myself removed.
And I too; why to secure peace, I would climb to the top of
Then I will out with it at last, my mighty secret! Oh! sister