Oh! those confounded women! how they do cajole us! How true the
saying: " 'Tis impossible to live with the baggages, impossible to
live without 'em!" Come, let us agree for the future not to regard
each other any more as enemies; and to clinch the bargain, let us sing
a choric song.
COMBINED CHORUS OF WOMEN AND OLD MEN (singing)
We desire, Athenians, to speak ill of no man; but on the
contrary to say much good of everyone, and to do the like. We have had
enough of misfortunes and calamities. If there is any man or woman who
wants a bit of money-two or three minas or so; well, our purse is
full. If only peace is concluded, the borrower will not have to pay
back. Also I'm inviting to supper a few Carystian friends, who are
excellently well qualified. I have still a drop of good soup left, and
a young porker I'm going to kill, and the flesh will be sweet and
tender. I shall expect you at my house to-day; but first away to the
baths with you, you and your children; then come all of you, ask no
one's leave, but walk straight up, as if you were at home; never fear,
the door will be... shut in your faces!
LEADER OF CHORUS OF OLD MEN
Ah! here come the envoys from Sparta with their long flowing
beards; why, you would think they wore pigstyes between their thighs.