But if they beat us?
Then yield to their wishes, but with a bad grace; there is no
pleasure in it for them, when they do it by force. Besides, there
are a thousand ways of tormenting them. Never fear, they'll soon
tire of the game; there's no satisfaction for a man, unless the
woman shares it.
Very well, if you must have it so, we agree.
For ourselves, no doubt we shall persuade our husbands to conclude
a fair and honest peace; but there is the Athenian populace, how are
we to cure these folk of their warlike frenzy?
Have no fear; we undertake to make our own people listen to
That's impossible, so long as they have their trusty ships and the
vast treasures stored in the temple of Athene.
Ah! but we have seen to that; this very day the Acropolis will