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A screaming match now ensues, each line more raucous than the last. The rapidity of the dialogue likewise increases.

Cleon
You are travelling the right road to get killed.

Sausage-Seller
[285] I'll bawl three times as loud as you.

Cleon
I will deafen you with my yells.

Sausage-Seller
And I you with my bellowing.

Cleon
I shall calumniate you, if you become a Strategus.

Sausage-Seller
Dog, I will lay your back open with the lash.

Cleon
[290] I will make you drop your arrogance.

Sausage-Seller
I will baffle your machinations.

Cleon
Dare to look me in the face!

Sausage-Seller
I too was brought up in the market-place.

Cleon
I will cut you to shreds if you whisper a word.

Sausage-Seller
[295] If you open your mouth, I'll shut it with shit.

Cleon
I admit I'm a thief; that's more than you do.

Sausage-Seller
By our Hermes of the market-place, if caught in the act, why, I perjure myself before those who saw me.

Cleon
These are my own special tricks. [300] I will denounce you to the Prytanes as the owner of sacred tripe, that has not paid tithe.

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