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First Man
[805] 'Pon my soul, yes! Look, there are all my neighbors carrying in all they have.

Second Man
Sarcastically.
Oh yes, it's Antisthenes; he's the type that would contribute! He would just as soon spend the next month sitting on the can.

First Man
The pest seize you!

Second Man
Will Callimachus, the chorus-master, [810] contribute anything?

First Man
Why, more than Callias!

Second Man
The man must want to spend all his money!

First Man
How you weary me!

Second Man
Ah! I weary you? But, wretch, see what comes of decrees of this kind. Don't you remember the one reducing the price of salt?

First Man
[815] Why, certainly I do.

Second Man
And do you remember that about the copper coinage?

First Man
Ah! that cursed money did me enough harm. I had sold my grapes and had my mouth stuffed with pieces of copper; indeed I was going to the market to buy flour, [820] and was in the act of holding out my bag wide open, when the herald started shouting, “Let none in future accept pieces of copper; those of silver are alone current.”

Second Man
And quite lately, were we not all swearing that the impost [825] of one-fortieth, which Euripides had conceived, would bring five hundred talents to the state, and everyone was vaunting Euripides to the skies? But when the thing was looked at closely, it was seen that this fine decree was mere moonshine and would produce nothing, and you would have willingly burnt this very same Euripides alive.

First Man
[830] The cases are quite different, my good fellow. We were the rulers then, but now it's the women.

Second Man
Whom, by Poseidon, I will never allow to piss on my nose.

First Man
I don't know what the devil you're chattering about. Slave, pick up that bundle.

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