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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 1, scene 2 (search)
eady at home. Perhaps you've been invited hereBeen invited here: It was the custom of Parasites to prowl about the Temples, for the purpose of joining in the feasts which sometimes took place at the conclusion of the sacrifice. to breakfast. He that invited you, hasn't he come at all? PLESIDIPPUS 'Tis the fact. SCEPARNIO There's no risk then in your betaking yourself hence home without your breakfast. It's better for you to be a waiter upon Ceres than upon Venus; the latter attends to love, Ceres attends to wheat. PLESIDIPPUS to DÆMONES. This fellow has been making sport of me in a digraceful manner. DÆM. looking out at the side. O ye immortal Gods, Sceparnio, what means those people near the sea-shore? SCEPARNIO According to my notion, they've been invited to a parting breakfastTo a parting breakfast: "Prandium propter viam." Thornton has the following Note here: "This is a sorry joke, even for Sceparnio, on so serious and melancholy an occasion, and cannot be well expressed in our