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I've given you now' of the argument merely the preface; And next the plot I'll generously pour out Not merely by peck or bushel, but by the wh ole barn, So kindly a nature I have for telling the plot. Now, an old merchant was living in Syracuse city, And he by some chance had a couple of twin sons-yes, two of 'em- And they looked so alike that the nurse couldn't tell (more's the pity) Which one she gave suck to; no more could th eir mother, for whom The nurse was ca led in, no, not even their mother who'd b orn e em.
Now I'll go and ask her to give back that dress I gave her this morning. I'll buy her a better one. (Knocking at EROTIUM ' s door) Hey, there, where's the doorman? Open the door, somebody, and call Erotium outside. ACT F O U R/S C . ) EROTIUM : vVho is asking for me? More of an enemy to himself than to your MENAECHMUS I : tender years. EROTIUM : Menaechmus, my love, why are you standing out there? Come on in. MENAECHMUS I : In just a minute. Do you know what I've come to see you for? EROTimvr: Why, of course : to enjoy yourself with me.
Poor me! ) MENAECHMUS II (aside) : I fixed her all right! Now for the other one. (Aloud) Now this dirty wretch, this bearded tremulous Tithonus, this son of Cycnus;8 you want me to take that staff he has and beat him to pieces, joint from joint and bone from bone and limb from limb? FATHER (retreating) : If you touch me or come a step closer, there'll be trouble. MENAECHMUS II : I'll do your orders : I'll take a double axe and hack this old fellow's guts to mincemeat, down to the very bone. FATHER : Then I must beware and take care of myself.
An Anthology of Roman Drama by Editor Philip Whaley Harsh