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Plutus   


What then?
CHREMYLUS
A fine horse, a pack of hounds.
CARIO
Yes, they would blush to ask for money and cleverly disguise their
shame.
CHREMYLUS
It is in you that every art, all human inventions, have had
their origin; it is through you that one man sits cutting leather in
his shop.
CARIO
That another fashions iron or wood.
CHREMYLUS
That yet another chases the gold he has received from you.
CARIO
That one is a fuller.
CHREMYLUS
That the other washes wool.
CARIO
That this one is a tanner.
CHREMYLUS
And that other sells onions.
CARIO
And if the adulterer, caught red-handed, is depilated, it's on
account of you.
PLUTUS
Oh! great gods! I knew naught of all this!
CARIO (to CHREMYLUS)
Is it not he who lends the Great King all his pride? Is it not
he who draws the citizens to the Assembly?
CHREMYLUS
And tell me, is it not you who equip the triremes?
CARIO
And who feed our mercenaries at Corinth? Are not you the cause
of Pamphilus' sufferings?
CHREMYLUS
And of the needle-seller's with Pamphilus?
CARIO
It is not because of you that Agyrrhius farts so loudly?
CHREMYLUS
And that Philepsius rolls off his fables? That troops are sent
to succour the Egyptians? And that Lais is kept by Philonides?
CARIO
That the tower of Timotheus...
CHREMYLUS
...(To CARIO) May it fall upon your head! (To PLUTUS) In short,
Plutus, it is through you that everything is done; you must realize
that you are the sole cause both of good and evil.
CARIO
In war, it's the flag under which you serve that victory favours.
PLUTUS
What! I can do so many things by myself and unaided?
CHREMYLUS
And many others besides; wherefore men are never tired of your
gifts. They get weary of all else,-of love...
CARIO
Bread.
CHREMYLUS
Music.
CARIO
Sweetmeats.
CHREMYLUS
Honours.
CARIO

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