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PEACE by Aristophanes, Part 04

Hermes
War has cast her into a deep pit.
TRYGAEUS
Where?
Hermes
Down there, at the very bottom. And you see what heaps of stones
he has piled over the top, so that you should never pull her out
again.
TRYGAEUS
Tell me, what is War preparing against us?
Hermes
All I know is that last evening he brought along a huge mortar.
TRYGAEUS
And what is he going to do with his mortar?
Hermes
He wants to pound up all the cities of Greece in it.... But I must
say good-bye, for I think he is coming out; what an uproar he is
making!
(He departs in haste.)
TRYGAEUS
Ah! great gods let us seek safety; I think I already hear the
noise of this fearful war mortar. (He hides.)
WAR (enters, carrying a huge mortar)
Oh! mortals, mortals, wretched mortals, how your jaws will snap!
TRYGAEUS
Oh! divine Apollo! what a prodigious big mortar! Oh, what misery
the very sight of War causes me! This then is the foe from whom I fly,
who is so cruel, so formidable, so stalwart, so solid on his legs!
WAR
Oh! Prasiae! thrice wretched, five times, aye, a thousand times
wretched! for thou shalt be destroyed this day.
(He throws some leeks into the mortar.)
TRYGAEUS (to the audience)
This, gentlemen, does not concern us over much; it's only so
much the worse for the Laconians.
WAR
Oh! Megara! Megara! utterly are you going to be ground up! what
fine mincemeat are you to be made into!
(He throws in some garlic.)
TRYGAEUS (aside)
Alas! alas! what bitter tears there will be among the Megarians!
WAR (throwing in some cheese)
Oh, Sicily! you too must perish! Your wretched towns shall be
grated like this cheese. Now let us pour some Attic honey into the
mortar.
(He does so.)
TRYGAEUS (aside)
Oh! I beseech you! use some other honey; this kind is worth four
obols; be careful, oh! be careful of our Attic honey.
WAR
Hi! Tumult, you slave there!
TUMULT
What do you want?
WAR
Out upon you! Standing there with folded arms! Take this cuff on
the head for your pains.
TUMULT
Oh! how it stings! Master, have you got garlic in your fist, I
wonder?
WAR
Run and fetch me a pestle.
TUMULT
But we haven't got one; it was only yesterday we moved.
WAR
Go and fetch me one from Athens, and hurry, hurry!
TUMULT
I'll hurry; if I return without one, I shall have no cause for
laughing.
(He runs off.)
TRYGAEUS (to the audience)
Ah! what is to become of us, wretched mortals that we are? See the
danger that threatens if he returns with the pestle, for War will
quietly amuse himself with pounding all the towns of Hellas to pieces.
Ah! Bacchus! cause this HeraLD of evil to perish on his road!
WAR (to the returning TUMULT)
Well?
TUMULT
Well, what?
WAR
You have brought back nothing?
TUMULT
Alas! the Athenians have lost their pestle-the tanner, who
ground Greece to powder.
TRYGAEUS
Oh! Athene, venerable mistress! it is well for our city he is
dead, and before he could serve us with this hash.
WAR
Then go and seek one at Sparta and have done with it!
TUMULT
Aye, aye, master!
(He runs off.)
WAR (shouting after him)
Be back as quick as ever you can.
TRYGAEUS (to the audience)
What is going to happen, friends? This is the critical hour. Ah!
if there is some initiate of Samothrace among you, this is surely
the moment to wish this messenger some accident-some sprain or strain.
TUMULT (returning)
Alas! alas! thrice again, alas!

 

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