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P. Terentius Afer (Terence), The Eunuch (ed. Henry Thomas Riley), act 3, scene 1 (search)
Indian elephants: Here he shows his lofty position to
perfection; he dares to take down the pride of one who commanded
even the royal elephants. The Braggart Captain of Plautus comes into
collision with the elephants themselves: l. 26. Artotrogus says to
him, "In what a fashion it was you broke the fore-leg of even an
elephant in India with your
fist!" Once, when he became particularly troublesome,
"Prithee, Strato," said I, "are you so fierce because you hold command
over the wild beasts?"
Cleverly said, upon my faith, and shrewdly. Astounding! You did give the
fellow a home thrust. What said he?