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The Frogs   


AEACUS
Upon my word you're quite the gentleman,
You're all for right and justice. Strip then, both.
XANTHIAS
How can you test us fairly?
AEACUS
Easily. I'll give you blow for blow.
XANTHIAS
A good idea.
We're ready now! (AEACUS strikes him) see if you
catch me flinching.
AEACUS
I struck you.
XANTHIAS (incredulously)
No!
AEACUS
Well, it seems "no" indeed.
Now then I'll strike the other. (Strikes DIONYSUS.)
DIONYSUS
Tell me when?
AEACUS
I struck you.
DIONYSUS
Struck me? Then why didn't I sneeze?
AEACUS
Don't know, I'm sure. I'll try the other again.
XANTHIAS
And quickly too. Good gracious!
AEACUS
Why "good gracious"?
Not hurt you, did I?
XANTHIAS
No, I merely thought of
The Diomeian feast of Heracles.
AEACUS
A holy man! 'Tis now the other's turn.
DIONYSUS
Hi! Hi!
AEACUS
Hallo!
DIONYSUS
Look at those horsemen, look!
AEACUS
But why these tears?
DIONYSUS
There's such a smell of onions.
AEACUS
Then you don't mind it?
DIONYSUS (cheerfully)
Mind it? Not a bit.
AEACUS
Well, I must go to the other one again.
XANTHIAS
O! O!
AEACUS
Hallo!
XANTHIAS
Do pray pull out this thorn.
AEACUS
What does it mean? 'Tis this one's turn again.
DIONYSUS (shrieking)
Apollo! Lord! (calmly) of Delos
and of Pytho.
XANTHIAS

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