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T. Maccius Plautus, Truculentus, or The Churl (ed. Henry Thomas Riley), Introduction, THE SUBJECT. (search)
on, tells Dinarchus that she is pretending to have been pregnant by the Captain Stratophanes, and has procured a child to pass off as his. She also begs Dinarchus to make her a present, which he promises to do, and then takes his leave. She then gets everything in readiness to look as though she had just lain in. The Captain arrives from abroad, and produces his presents; but as ready money does not form a part of them, Phronesium expresses extreme dissatisfaction and contempt. At this moment Geta, the servant of Dinarchus, come's with his present, in money and provisions. A quarrel ensues between the Captain and Geta, who at last takes to his heels, on which Phronesium goes into her house. Strabax then arrives from the country with some ready money, and is admitted to visit Phronesium. Stratilax comes to look for him, and after some parley falls a prey to the allurements of Astaphium. Dinarchus then arrives, but, despite of his recent generosity, suffers a repulse. Before he quits the
T. Maccius Plautus, Truculentus, or The Churl (ed. Henry Thomas Riley), act 2, scene 7 (search)
Enter GETA, at a distance, followed by SLAVES with presents from DINARCHUS. GETA Get on, get on this way together with you, mules laden with money only to be squandered, you emptyers out of the house, you carriers off of property by waggon-loads! To the AUDIENCE. And can't he who is in love do without being good for nought, and cleaning himself out by his disgraceful practices? But how I know this, don't any one be asking that of me; we've a lover at home, who's engaged in disgraceful pursuits; who esteems property just as dung: he's in dread of the public officersThe public officers: "Publicos," "the public officers." He alludes to the Ædiles, whose duty it was to see that the streets and houses were kept clean and free from nuisances.; most cleanly in his ways is he. He wishes his house to be cleaned out; whatever he has at home, it's swept completely "dehorsDehors: In the text, e)/zw. The Greek word is used just in the way we should employ the French word "dehors," of like meani