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Enter THAIS from her house, followed by PYTHIAS.
What! do you persist, hussy, in talking ambiguously to me? "I do know;" "I don't know;" "he has gone off;" "I have heard;" "I wasn't there." Don't you mean to tell me plainly, whatever it is? The girl in tears, with her garments torn, is mute; the Eunuch is off: for what reason? What has happened? Won't you speak? PYTHIAS
Wretch that I am, what am I to say to you? They declare that he was not a Eunuch. THAIS
What was he then? PYTHIAS
That Chaerea. THAIS
What Chaerea? PYTHIAS
That stripling, the brother of Phaedria. THAIS
What's that you say, you hag? PYTHIAS
And I am satisfied of it. THAIS
Pray, what business had he at my house? What brought him there? PYTHIAS
I don't know; unless, as I suppose, he was in love with Pamphila. THAIS
Alas! to my confusion, unhappy woman that I am, I'm undone, if what you tell me is true. Is it about this that the girl is crying? PYTHIAS
I believe so. THAIS
How say you, you arch-jade? Did I not warn you about this very thing, when I was going away from here? PYTHIAS
What could I do? Just as you ordered, she was intrusted to his care only. THAIS
Hussy, I've been intrusting the sheep to the wolf. I'm quite ashamed to have been imposed upon in this way. What sort of man was he? PYTHIAS
Hush! hush! mistress, pray; we are all right. Here we have the very man. THAIS
Where is he? PYTHIAS
Why there, to the left. Don't you see? THAIS
I see. PYTHIAS
Order him to be seized as quickly as possible. THAIS
What can we do to him, simpleton? PYTHIAS
What do to him, do you ask? Pray, do look at him; if his face doesn't seem an impudent one. THAIS
Not at all. PYTHIAS
Besides, what effrontery he has.
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