means of earning your bread. I don't wonder the jurymen so eagerly try
to get entered for many tribunals.
So then, you admit me on these terms?
Go and wash the entrails of the victims at the well, so that you
may show yourself serviceable at once.
(They both enter the house. A PRIEST of ZEUS comes hurrying in.)
Can anyone tell me where Chremylus is?
CHREMYLUS (emerging from the house)
What would you with him, friend?
Much ill. Since Plutus has recovered his sight, I am perishing
of starvation; I, the priest of Zeus the Deliverer, have nothing to
And what is the cause of that, pray?
No one dreams of offering sacrifices.
Because all men are rich. Ah! when they had nothing, the
merchant who escaped from shipwreck, the accused who was acquitted,
all immolated victims; another would sacrifice for the success of some
wish and the priest joined in at the feast; but now there is not the
smallest victim, not one of the faithful in the temple, but
thousands who come there to take a crap.
Why don't you take your share of those offerings?
PRIEST (ignoring this)
Hence I think I too am going to say good-bye to Zeus the Deliverer
and stop here myself.
Be at ease, all will go well, if it so please the god. Zeus the
Deliverer is here; he came of his own accord.
Ha! that's good news.
(He moves toward the door.)
Wait a little; we are going to install Plutus presently in the
place he formerly occupied behind the Temple of Athene; there he
will watch over our treasures for ever. (Calling out) Let lighted
torches be brought to the priest. Take these and walk in solemn
procession in front of the god.
Let Plutus be summoned.
(PLUTUS comes out of the house, followed by the OLD WOMAN.)
And I, what am I to do?
Take the pots of vegetables which we are going to offer to the god
in honour of his installation and carry them on your head; you just
happen luckily to be wearing, a beautiful embroidered robe.
And what about the object of my coming?
Everything shall be according to your wish. The young man will
be with you this evening.
Oh! if you promise me his visit, I will right willingly carry