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Servant
Well then, what must be done now?

Trygaeus
You must offer pots of green-stuff to the goddess to consecrate her altars.

Chorus
Pots of green-stuff as we do to poor Hermes —and even he thinks the fare pretty mean?

Trygaeus
[925] What will you offer then? A fatted bull?

Chorus
Oh no! I don't want to start bellowing the battle-cry.

Trygaeus
A great fat swine then?

Chorus
No, no.

Trygaeus
Why not?

Chorus
We don't want any of the swinishness of Theagenes.

Trygaeus
What other victim do you prefer then?

Chorus
A sheep.

Trygaeus
[930] A sheep?

Chorus
Yes, by Zeus.

Trygaeus
But that's the Ionic form of the word.

Chorus
Purposely. So that if anyone in the assembly says, “We must go to war,” all may start bleating in alarm, “Ba-ah, ba-ah!.”

Trygaeus
A brilliant idea.

Chorus
[935] And we shall all be lambs one toward the other, yes, and milder still toward the allies.

Trygaeus
Then go for the sheep and haste to bring it back with you; I will prepare the altar for the sacrifice.They both leave.

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