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Cleon
coming out of the house with a large package
There, look at this heap; and yet I'm not bringing them all.

Sausage-Seller
entering with an even larger package
Ugh! The weight of them is squeezing the crap right out of me, and still I'm not bringing them all!

Demos
What are these?

Cleon
Oracles.

Demos
All these?

Cleon
Does that astonish you? [1000] Why, I have another whole boxful of them.

Sausage-Seller
And I the whole of my attic and two rooms besides.

Demos
Come, let us see, whose are these oracles?

Cleon
Mine are those of Bacis.

Demos
to the Sausage-Seller
And whose are yours?

Sausage-Seller
without hesitating
Glanis's, the elder brother of Bacis.

Demos
[1005] And of what do they speak?

Cleon
Of Athens and Pylos and you and me and everything.

Demos
And yours?

Sausage-Seller
Of Athens and lentils and Lacedaemonians and fresh mackerel and scoundrelly flour-sellers [1010] and you and me. Ah! ha! now watch him gnaw his own tool with chagrin!

Demos
Come, read them out to me and especially that one I like so much, which says that I shall become an eagle and soar among the clouds.

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