Trygaeus, where is Trygaeus?
I am cooking the thrushes.
Trygaeus, my best of friends, what a fine stroke of business you
have done for me by bringing back Peace! Formerly my sickles would not
have sold at an obolus apiece, to-day I am being paid fifty drachmae
for every one. And here is a neighbour who is selling his casks for
the country at three drachmae each. So come, Trygaeus, take as many
sickles and casks as you will for nothing. Accept them for nothing;
it's because of our handsome profits on our sales that we offer you
these wedding presents.
Thanks. Put them all down inside there, and come along quick to
the banquet. Ah! do you see that armourer yonder coming with a wry
(Enter an armourer, followed by other personages who represent the
various specialized trades which have profited by the war, a
crest-maker, a manufacturer of breastplates, a trumpet-maker, a
helmet-maker, a polisher of lances; each carries a sample of his
products. The armourer is the only one who speaks.)
Alas! alas! Trygaeus, you have ruined me utterly.
What! won't the crests go any more, friend?
You have killed my business, my livelihood, and that of this
poor lance maker too.
Come, come, what are you asking for these two crests?
What do you bid for them?
What do I bid? Oh! I am ashamed to say. Still, as the clasp is
of good workmanship, I would give two, even three measures of dried
figs; I could use them for dusting the table.
All right, tell them to bring me the dried figs. (To the
crest-maker) That's better than nothing, my friend.
Take them away, be off with your crests and get you gone; they are
moulting, they are losing all their hair; I would not give a single
fig for them.
Good gods, what am I going to do with this fine ten-mina
breastplate, which is so splendidly made?
Oh, you will lose nothing over it. Sell it to me at cost price. It
would be very useful as a thunder-mug...
Cease your insults, both to me and my wares.
...if propped on three stones. (He sits on it.) Look, it's
But how can you wipe yourself, idiot?
TRYGAEUS (with appropriate gestures)
I can put one hand through here, and the other there, and so...
What! do you wipe yourself with both hands?
Aye, so that I may not be accused of robbing the State, by