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CLEON
Wait, here is a cake kneaded of Pylos barley.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
Here are crusts, which the ivory hand of the goddess has hallowed.
DEMOS
Oh! Mighty Athene! How large are your fingers!
CLEON
This is pea-soup, as exquisite as it is fine; Pallas the
victorious goddess at Pylos is the one who crushed the peas herself.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
Oh, Demos! the goddess watches over you; she is stretching forth
over your head.... a stew-pan full of broth.
DEMOS
And should we still be dwelling in this city without this
protecting stew-pan?
CLEON
Here are some fish, given to you by her who is the terror of our
foes.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
The daughter of the mightiest of the gods sends you this meat
cooked in its own gravy, along with this dish of tripe and some
paunch.
DEMOS
That's to thank me for the peplus I offered to her; good.
CLEON
The goddess with the terrible plume invites you to eat this long
cake; you will row the harder on it.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
Take this also.
DEMOS
And what shall I do with this tripe?
SAUSAGE-SELLER
She sends it you to belly out your galleys, for she is always
showing her kindly anxiety for our fleet. Now drink this drink
composed of three parts of water to two of wine.
DEMOS
Ah! what delicious wine, and how well it stands the water.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
The goddess who came from the head of Zeus mixed this liquor
with her own hands.
CLEON
Hold, here is a piece of good rich cake.
SAUSAGE-SELLER
But I offer you an entire cake.
CLEON
But you cannot offer him stewed hare as I do.
SAUSAGE-SELLER (aside)
Ah! great gods! stewed hare! where shall I find it? Oh! brain of
mine, devise some trick!
CLEON (showing him the hare)
Do you see this, you rogue?
SAUSAGE-SELLER (pretending to look afar)
A fig for that! Here are some people coming to seek me. They are
envoys, bearing sacks bulging with money.
CLEON
(Hearing money mentioned CLEON turns his head, and the
SAUSAGE-SELLER seizes the opportunity to snatch away the stewed hare.)

Where, where, I say?
SAUSAGE-SELLER
Bah! What's that to you? Will you not even now let the strangers
alone? Dear Demos, do you see this stewed hare which I bring you?
CLEON
Ah! rascal! you have shamelessly robbed me.
SAUSAGE-SELLER

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