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Enter a PARASITE and a BOY.

Of a debauched and unscrupulous fellow am I the Parasite--a Captain, who has brought his mistress with him from Samos. Now he has ordered me to go to her, and make enquiry whether she will pay back the gold, or whether she will depart together with him. You, boy, who have for some time been with her, whichever of these is the house, do you knock. Go to the door forthwith. The BOY goes to knock. Are you coming back from there, you hangdog1? How the graceless scoundrel does knock! You can gobble up a loaf three feet wide, and yet you don't know how to knock at a door. He calls out and knocks violently. Is there any one in-doors? Hallo! is there any one here? Does any one open this door? Who's coming out?

1 You hangdog: "Dierecte." The meaning of this word has been explained in the Notes to the Trinummus.

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