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Lysistrata   


MAGISTRATE


Are you a man or a Priapus?


HERALD (with an effort at officiousness)


Don't be stupid! I am a herald, of course, I swear I am, and I


come from Sparta about making peace.


MAGISTRATE (pointing)


But look, you are hiding a lance under your clothes, surely.


HERALD (embarrassed)


No, nothing of the sort.


MAGISTRATE


Then why do you turn away like that, and hold your cloak out


from your body? Have you got swellings in the groin from your journey?


HERALD


By the twin brethren! the man's an old maniac.


MAGISTRATE


But you've got an erection! You lewd fellow!


HERALD


I tell you no! but enough of this foolery.


MAGISTRATE (pointing)


Well, what is it you have there then?


HERALD


A Lacedaemonian 'skytale.'

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