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separate threads, draw them to a centre here, wind them into one, make

one great hank of the lot, out of which the public can weave itself

a good, stout tunic.


Is it not a sin and a shame to see them carding and winding the

State, these women who have neither art nor part in the burdens of the



What! wretched man! why, it's a far heavier burden to us than to

you. In the first place, we bear sons who go off to fight far away

from Athens.


Enough said! do not recall sad and sorry memories!


Then secondly, instead of enjoying the pleasures of love and

making the best of our youth and beauty, we are left to languish far

from our husbands, who are all with the army. But say no more of

ourselves; what afflicts me is to see our girls growing old in

lonely grief.


Don't the men grow old too?

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