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It's seven long months since mine left for Pylos.


LAMPITO


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.


LYSISTRATA


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


second me?


CLEONICE


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.


MYRRHINE


And so will I, though I must be split in two like a flat-fish, and


have half myself removed.


LAMPITO


And I too; why to secure peace, I would climb to the top of


Mount Taygetus.


LYSISTRATA


Then I will out with it at last, my mighty secret! Oh! sister

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