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Don't know: but anyhow my shoulder's aching.
DIONYSUS
Then since you say the donkey helps you not,
You lift him up and carry him in turn.
XANTHIAS
O hang it all! why didn't I fight at sea?
You should have smarted bitterly for this.
DIONYSUS
Get down, you rascal; I've been trudging on
Till now I've reached the portal, where I'm going
First to turn in. Boy! Boy! I say there, Boy!
Enter HERACLES from house.
HERACLES
Who banged the door? How like prancing Centaur
He drove against it Mercy o' me, what's this?
DIONYSUS
Boy.
XANTHIAS
Yes.
DIONYSUS
Did you observe?
XANTHIAS
What?
DIONYSUS
How alarmed he is.
XANTHIAS
Aye truly, lest you've lost your wits.
HERACLES
O by Demeter, I can't choose but laugh.
Biting my lips won't stop me. Ha! ha! ha!
DIONYSUS
Pray you, come hither, I have need of you.
HERACLES
I vow I can't help laughing, I can't help it.
A lion's hide upon a yellow silk,
A club and buskin! What's it all about?
Where were you going?
DIONYSUS
I was serving lately
Aboard the-Cleisthenes.
More than a dozen of the enemy's ships.
HERACLES
You two?
DIONYSUS
We two.
HERACLES
And then I awoke, and lo!
DIONYSUS
There as, on deck, I'm reading to myself
The Andromeda, a sudden pang of longing.
Shoots through my heart, you can't conceive how keenly.
HERACLES
How big a pang?
DIONYSUS
A small one, Molon's size.
HERACLES
Caused by a woman?
DIONYSUS
No.
HERACLES
A boy?
DIONYSUS
No, no.
HERACLES

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