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The Thesmophoriazusae   


MNESILOCHUS
Alas, I shall fight without armour.
EURIPIDES
Don't worry; you look charming. Do you want to see yourself?
MNESILOCHUS
Yes, I do; hand the mirror here.
EURIPIDES
Do you see yourself?
MNESILOCHUS
But this is not I, it is Clisthenes!
EURIPIDES
Stand up; I am now going to remove your hair. Bend down.
MNESILOCHUS
Alas! alas! they are going to grill me like a pig.
EURIPIDES
Come now, a torch or a lamp! Bend down and watch out for the
tender end of your tool!
MNESILOCHUS
Aye, aye! but I'm afire! oh! oh! Water, water, neighbour, or my
perineum will be alight!
EURIPIDES
Keep up your courage!
MNESILOCHUS
Keep my courage, when I'm being burnt up?
EURIPIDES
Come, cease your whining, the worst is over.
MNESILOCHUS
Oh! it's quite black, all burnt down there!
EURIPIDES
Don't worry! Satyrus will wash it.
MNESILOCHUS
Woe to him who dares to wash me!
EURIPIDES
Agathon, you refuse to devote yourself to helping me; but at any
rate lend me a tunic and a belt. You cannot say you have not got them.
AGATHON
Take them and use them as you like; I consent.
MNESILOCHUS
What shall I take?
EURIPIDES
First put on this long saffron-coloured robe.
MNESILOCHUS
By Aphrodite! what a sweet odour! how it smells of young male
tools Hand it to me quickly. And the belt?
EURIPIDES
Here it is.
MNESILOCHUS
Now some rings for my legs.
EURIPIDES
You still want a hair-net and a head-dress.
AGATHON
Here is my night cap.
EURIPIDES
Ah! that's fine.
MNESILOCHUS
Does it suit me?
AGATHON
It could not be better.
EURIPIDES
And a short mantle?
AGATHON
There's one on the couch; take it.
EURIPIDES
He needs slippers.

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