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Enter SYRUS.

SYRUS
Hark you, Demea, your brother begs you will not go out of the way.

DEMEA
Who is it?--O Syrus, my friend,1 save you! how are you? How goes it with you?

SYRUS
Very well.

DEMEA
Very good. Aside. I have now for the first time used these three expressions contrary to my nature,--"O Syrus, my friend, how are you ?--how goes it with you?" To SYRUS. You show yourself far from an unworthy servant, and I shall gladly do you a service.

SYRUS
I thank you.

DEMEA
Yes, Syrus, it is the truth; and you shall be convinced of it by experience before long.

1 O Syrus, my friend: The emptiness of his poor attempts to be familiar are very evident in this line.

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