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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)
. 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 pitchforks to heap corn, so will I lift up my fists, and heap a whole harvest of cuffs on your face." "Merga' means 'a pitchfork;" and, according to Festus, it was so called from its resemblance when dipped into the hay to the action of the "mergus," or "didapper when dipping into the sea,. SERV. We keep no fire, we live upon dried figs. DÆM. I'll find the fire, if only I have the opportunity of kindling it upon your head. LABRAX Faith, I'll go somewhere to look for some fire. DÆM. What, when you've found it? LABRAX I'll be making a great fire here. DÆM. What, to be burningTo be burning: Festus tells us that "humanum" was a "mortuary sacrific