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LYSISTRATA by Aristophanes, Part 14

MYRRHINE (ignoring him; to the child)
You are as sweet as your father is provoking! Let me kiss you,
my treasure, mother's darling!
CINESIAS
Ah! what a bad thing it is to let yourself be led away by other
women! Why give me such pain and suffering, and yourself into the
bargain?
MYRRHINE (as he is about to embrace her)
Hands off, sir!
CINESIAS
Everything is going to rack and ruin in the house.
MYRRHINE
I don't care.
CINESIAS
But your web that's all being pecked to pieces by the cocks and
hens, don't you care for that?
MYRRHINE
Precious little.
CINESIAS
And Aphrodite, whose mysteries you have not celebrated for so
long? Oh! won't you please come back home?
MYRRHINE
No, least, not till a sound treaty puts an end to the war.
CINESIAS
Well, if you wish it so much, why, we'll make it, your treaty.
MYRRHINE
Well and good! When that's done, I will come home. Till then, I am
bound by an oath.
CINESIAS
At any rate, lie with me for a little while.
MYRRHINE
No, no, no! (she hesitates) but just the same I can't say I
don't love you.
CINESIAS
You love me? Then why refuse to lie with me, my little girl, my
sweet Myrrhine?
MYRRHINE (pretending to be shocked)
You must be joking! What, before the child!
CINESIAS (to the slave)
Manes, carry the lad home. There, you see, the child is gone;
there's nothing to hinder us; won't you lie down now?
MYRRHINE
But, miserable man, where, where?
CINESIAS
In the cave of Pan; nothing could be better.
MYRRHINE
But how shall I purify myself before going back into the citadel?
CINESIAS
Nothing easier! you can wash at the Clepsydra.
MYRRHINE
But my oath? Do you want me to perjure myself?
CINESIAS
I'll take all responsibility; don't worry.
MYRRHINE
Well, I'll be off, then, and find a bed for us.
CINESIAS
There's no point in that; surely we can lie on the ground.
MYRRHINE
No, no! even though you are bad, I don't like your lying on the
bare earth.
(She goes back into the Acropolis.)
CINESIAS (enraptured)
Ah! how the dear girl loves me!
MYRRHINE (coming back with a cot)
Come, get to bed quick; I am going to undress. But, oh dear, we
must get a mattress.
CINESIAS
A mattress? Oh! no, never mind about that!
MYRRHINE
No, by Artemis! lie on the bare sacking? never! That would be
squalid.
CINESIAS
Kiss me!
MYRRHINE
Wait a minute!
(She leaves him again.)
CINESIAS
Good god, hurry up
MYRRHINE (coming back with a mattress)
Here is a mattress. Lie down, I am just going to undress. But
you've got no pillow.
CINESIAS
I don't want one either!
MYRRHINE
But I do.
(She leaves him again.)
CINESIAS
Oh god, oh god, she treats my tool just like Heracles!
MYRRHINE (coming back with a pillow)
There, lift your head, dear! (Wondering what else to tantalize
him with; to herself) Is that all, I wonder?
CINESIAS (misunderstanding)
Surely. there's nothing else. Come, my treasure.
MYRRHINE
I am just unfastening my girdle. But remember what you promised me
about making peace; mind you keep your word.
CINESIAS
Yes, yes, upon my life I will.
MYRRHINE
Why, you have no blanket!

 

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