of them all stands Smoeus, dressed as a knight, washing the
crockery. And Geron has come, dressed in a grand tunic and finely
shod; he is joking with another young fellow and has already
divested himself of his heavy shoes and his cloak. The pantry man is
waiting, so come and use your jaws.
All right, I'll go. Why should I delay, since the state commands
And where are you going to, since you have not deposited your
To the feast.
If the women have any wits, they will first insist on your
depositing your goods.
But I am going to deposit them.
I am not the man to make delays.
How do you mean?
There will be many less eager than I.
In the meantime you are going to dine.
What else should I do? Every sensible man must give his help to
But if admission is forbidden you?
I shall duck my head and slip in.
And if the women have you beaten?
I shall summon them.
And if they laugh in your face?
I shall stand near the door...
...and seize upon the dishes as they pass.
Then go there, but after me. Sicon and Parmeno, pick up all this
Come, I will help you carry it.
CHREMES (pushing him away)
No, no, I should be afraid of your pretending to the leader that
what I am depositing belonged to you.
(Exit with his belongings.)
Let me see! let me think of some good trick by which I can keep my
goods and yet take my share of the common feast. (He reflects for a
moment.) Ha! that's a fine idea! Quick! I'll go and dine, ha! ha!
(Interlude of dancing by the CHORUS.)
(The scene shifts to a different section of Athens and the two