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Plutus   


Cakes.
CHREMYLUS
Battles.
CARIO
Figs.
CHREMYLUS
Ambition.
CARIO
Gruel.
CHREMYLUS
Military advancement.
CARIO
Lentil soup.
CHREMYLUS
But of you they never tire. If a man has thirteen talents, he
has all the greater ardour to possess sixteen; if that wish is
achieved, he will want forty or will complain that he knows not how to
make both ends meet.
PLUTUS
All this, I suppose, is very true; there is but one point that
makes me feel a bit uneasy.
CHREMYLUS
And that is?
PLUTUS
How could I use this power, which you say I have?
CHREMYLUS
Ah! they were quite right who said there's nothing more timorous
than Plutus
PLUTUS
No, no; it was a thief who calumniated me. Having broken into a
house, he found everything locked up and could take nothing, so he
dubbed my prudence fear.
CHREMYLUS
Don't be disturbed; if you support me zealously, I'll make you
more sharp-sighted than Lynceus.
PLUTUS
And how should you be able to do that, you. who are but a mortal?
CHREMYLUS
I have great hope, after the answer Apollo gave me, shaking his
sacred laurels the while.
PLUTUS
Is he in the plot then?
CHREMYLUS
Surely.
PLUTUS
Take care what you say.
CHREMYLUS
Never fear, friend; for, be well assured, that if it has to cost
me my life, I will carry out what I have in my head.
CARIO
And I will help you, if you permit it.
CHREMYLUS
We shall have many other helpers as well-all the worthy folk who
are wanting for bread.
PLUTUS
Ah! they'll prove sorry helpers.
CHREMYLUS
No, not so, once they've grown rich. But you, Cario, run quick...
CARIO
Where?
CHREMYLUS
...to call my comrades, the other husbandmen (you'll probably
find the poor fellows toiling away in the fields)
, that each of
them may come here to take his share of the gifts of Plutus.

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