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[6] Next, the maidservants, in gay attire, run about jesting and joking with the men they meet. They have a mock battle, too, with one another, implying that they once took a hand in the struggle with the Latins. And as they feast, they sit in the shade of a fig-tree's branches. The day is called the ‘Capratine Nones,’ from the wild fig-tree, as they suppose, from which the maid held forth her torch; this goes by the name of caprificus.

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