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HERALD Let the Thracians withdraw and return the day after tomorrow; the Prytanes declare the sitting at an end. DICAEOPOLIS Ye gods, what garlic I have lost! But here comes Amphitheus returned from Lacedaemon. Welcome, Amphitheus. AMPHITHEUS No, there is no welcome for me and I fly as fast as I can, for I am pursued by the Acharnians. DICAEOPOLIS Why, what has happened? AMPHITHEUS I was hurrying to bring your treaty of truce, but some old dotards from AcharnaeThe deme of Acharnae was largely inhabited by charcoal-burners, who supplied the city with fuel. got scent of the thing; they are veterans of Marathon, tough as oak or maple, of which they are made for sure—rough and ruthless. They all started a-crying: Wretch! you are the bearer of a treaty, and the enemy has only just cut our vines! Meanwhile they were gathering stones in their cloaks, so I fled and they ran after me shouting. DICAEOPOLIS Let 'em shout as much as they please! But HAVE you brought me a treaty? AMPHI