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T. Maccius Plautus, Rudens, or The Fisherman's Rope (ed. Henry Thomas Riley) 2 0 Browse Search
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T. Maccius Plautus, Rudens, or The Fisherman's Rope (ed. Henry Thomas Riley), act 3, scene 4 (search)
purposes of his business, what reason is there why I shouldn't mangle you with stripes, even till you have your belly full? Why do you stare at them? If you touch them I'll tear your eyes out. LABRAX Yet notwithstanding, although you forbid me to do so, I'll at once carry them off both together with me. DÆM. What will you do? LABRAX I'll bring Vulcan; he is an enemy to VenusAn enemy to Venus: In so saying, he alludes to the intrigue of Venus with Mars, which was discovered by the device of Vulcan, her injured husband. For the story, see the Metamorphoses of Ovid, B. 4, l. 73, and the Art of Love, B. 2, l. 562.. Goes towards DÆMONES' cottage. TRACHALIO Whither is he going? LABRAX calling at the door. Hallo! Is there anybody here? Hallo! I say. DÆM. If you touch the door, that very instant, upon my faith, you shall get a harvest upon your face with fists for your pitchforksFists for your pitchforks: "Mergis pugneis." Echard, in his translation, explains this: "As they lift up their pi