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And well done too, by Posidon! We men must share the blame of

their ill conduct; it is we who teach them to love riot and

dissoluteness and sow the seeds of wickedness in their hearts. You see

a husband go into a shop: "Look you, jeweller," says he, "you remember

the necklace you made for my wife. Well, the other evening, when she

was dancing, the catch came open. Now, I am bound to start for

Salamis; will you make it convenient to go up to-night to make her

fastening secure?" Another will go to the cobbler, a great, strong

fellow, with a great, long tool, and tell him: "The strap of one of my

wife's sandals presses her little toe, which is extremely sensitive;

come in about midday to supple the thing and stretch it." Now see

the results. Take my own case-as a Magistrate I have enlisted

rowers; I want money to pay them, and the women slam the door in my

face. But why do we stand here with arms crossed? Bring me a

crowbar; I'll chastise their insolence!-Ho! there, my fine fellow!

(to one of the Scythians) what are, you gaping at the crows for?

looking for a tavern, I suppose, eh? Come on, bring crowbars here, and

force open the gates. I will put a hand to the work myself.

LYSISTRATA (opening the gate and walking out)

No need to force the gates; I am coming out-here I am. And why

bolts and bars? What we want here is not bolts and bars and locks, but

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