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Here a duet begins between the Boy and the Chorus.

Father, would you give me something if I asked for it?

Assuredly, my child, but tell me what nice thing do you want me to buy you? [295] A set of knuckle-bones, I suppose.

No, father, I prefer figs; they are better.

No, by Zeus! even if you were to hang yourself with vexation.

Well then, I will lead you no farther.

[300] With my small pay, I am obliged to buy bread, wood, and stew; and now you ask me for figs!

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