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Enter THRASO and GNATHO.
to THRASO. Well now? With what hope, or what design, are we come hither? What do you intend to do, Thraso? THRASO
What, I? To surrender myself to Thais, and do what she bids me. GNATHO
What is it you say? THRASO
Why any the less so, than Hercules served Omphale.1 GNATHO
The precedent pleases me. Aside. I only wish I may see your head stroked down with a slipper;2 but her door makes a noise. THRASO
Confusion! Why, what mischiefs this? I never saw this person before; why, I wonder, is he rushing out in such a hurry? They stand aside.
1 Hercules served Omphale: He alludes to the story of Omphale, Queen of Lydia, and Hercules. Being violently in love with her, the hero laid aside his club and boar's skin, and in the habit of a woman plied the spindle and distaff with her maids. See a curious story of Omphale, Hercules, and Faunus, in the Fasti of Ovid, B. ii. l. 305. As to the reappearance of Thraso here, Colman has the following remarks: "Thraso, says Donatus, is brought back again in order to be admitted to some share in the good graces of Thais, that he may not be made unhappy at the end of the Play; but surely it is an essential part of the poetical justice of Comedy to expose coxcombs to ridicule and to punish them, though without any shocking severity, for their follies."
2 With a slipper: He doubtless alludes to the treatment of Hercules by Omphale; and, according to Lucian, there was a story that Omphale used to beat him with her slipper or sandal. On that article of dress, see the Notes to the Trinummus of Plautus, 1. 252.
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