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And I dance the mothon for joy, and sing at the top of my voice,
cuckoo!
CLEON
Ah! by Demeter! if I do not kill and devour you, may I die!
SAUSAGE-SELLER
If you do not devour me? and I, if I do not drink your blood to
the last drop, and then burst with indigestion.
CLEON
I, I will strangle you, I swear it by the front seat which Pylos
gained me.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
By the front seat! Ah! Ah! might I see you fall into the
hindmost seat!
CLEON
By heaven! I will put you to the torture.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
What a lively wit! Come, what's the best to give you to eat?
What do you prefer? A purse?
CLEON
I will tear out your insides with my nails.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
And I will cut off your victuals at the Prytaneum.
CLEON
I will haul you before Demos, who will mete out justice to you.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
And I too will drag you before him and belch forth more
calumnies than you. Why, poor fool, he does not believe you, whereas I
play with him at will.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
Is then Demos your property, your contemptible creature?
CLEON
It's because I know the dishes that please him.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
And these are little mouthfuls, which you serve to him like a
clever nurse. You chew the pieces and place some in small quantities
in his mouth, while you swallow three parts yourself.
CLEON
Thanks to my skill, I know exactly how to enlarge or contract this
gullet.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
My arse is just as clever.
CLEON
Well, my friend, you tricked me at the Senate, but take care!
Let us go before Demos.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
That's easily done; come, let's do it right away.
CLEON (loudly)
Oh, Demos! Come, I adjure you to help me, my father I
SAUSAGE-SELLER (more loudly)
Come, oh, my dear little Demos; come and see how I am insulted.
DEMOS (coming out of his house followed by DEMOSTHENES)
What a hubhub! To the Devil with you, bawlers! Alas! my olive
branch, which they have torn down! Ah! it's you, Paphlagonian. And
who, pray, has been maltreating you?
CLEON
You are the cause of this man and these young people having
covered me with blows.
DEMOS
And why?
CLEON
Because you love me passionately, Demos.
DEMOS (to the SAUSAGE-SELLER)
And you, who are you?
SAUSAGE-SELLER

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