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MAGISTRATE


Oh, indeed, a 'skytale,' is it? Well, well, speak out frankly; I


know all about these matters. How are things going at Sparta now?


HERALD


Why, everything is turned upside down at Sparta; and all the


allies have erections. We simply must have Pellene.


MAGISTRATE


What is the reason of it all? Is it the god Pan's doing?


HERALD


No, it's all the work of Lampito and the women who are acting at


her instigation; they have kicked the men out from between their


thighs.


MAGISTRATE


But what are you doing about it?


HERALD


We are at our wits' end; we walk bent double, just as if we were


carrying lanterns in a wind. The jades have sworn we shall not so much


as touch them till we have all agreed to conclude peace.


MAGISTRATE


Ah! I see now, it's a general conspiracy embracing all Greece.


Go back to Sparta and bid them send envoys plenipotentiary to treat

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