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T. Maccius Plautus, Truculentus, or The Churl (ed. Henry Thomas Riley), act 2, scene 2 (search)
dhopper, speaks in any peculiar manner. But from the fact of his being introduced as a perfect specimen of a rude clown, there can be little doubt that on the stage he speaks the Latin language with the burr or patois of a countryman. In the translation, an attempt has been made to denote this probable peculiarity of speech, by making him to substitute "thee "for "thou," before verbs in the second person singular. Warner, in his version, represents him throughout as speaking in a sort of Somersetshire dialect., that's so sturdily plying his batteringram against our door? ASTAPHIUM It's I. Look round at me. STRATOPHANES Who's I? ASTAPHIUM Am I not seen by you? STRATOPHANES turning to her. Woe worth thee! What mean you by this coming so near this door, or why's this knocking? ASTAPHIUM Health to you. STRATOPHANES Enow of thy health have I; I care nought for't, I've got no health; I'd rather be sick, than be a bit the sounder with health from thee. This I want to know, what's owing thee