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I shall dismember it despite your cries; I will listen to nothing.

How! will you kill this coal-basket, my beloved comrade?

Just now, you would not listen to me.

Well, speak now, if you will; tell us, tell us you have a weakness for the Lacedaemonians. I consent to anything; never will I forsake this dear little basket.

First, throw down your stones.

There! 'tis done. And you, do put away your sword.

Let me see that no stones remain concealed in your cloaks.

They are all on the ground; see how we shake our garments. Come, no haggling, lay down your sword; we threw away everything while crossing from one side of the stage to the other.1

1 The stage of the Greek theatre was much broader, and at the same time shallower, than in a modern playhouse.

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