And what sort of women those among the Greeks are who get drunk, Antiphanes tells us, in his Female Darter; where he says—
There is a certain neighbouring victualler,And, in his Woman Initiated, (and it is women who are conversing,) he writes—
And he, whenever I arrive, being thirsty,
Is th' only man who knows the proper way
In which to mix my wine; and makes it not
Too full of water, nor too strong and heady:
I recollect that once when I was drinking . . . .
A. Would you now like, my dearest friend, to drink?And Alexis, in his Female Dancer, says—
B. No doubt I should.
A. Well come, then, take a cup;
For they do say the first three cups one takes
All tend to th' honour of the heavenly gods.
A. But women are quite sure to be contentAnd so on. And, in his Jupiter the Mourner, he mentions a certain woman named Zopyra, and says—
If they have only wine enough to drink.
B. But, by the heavenly twins, we now shall have
As much as we can wish; and it shall be
Sweet, and not griping,—rich, well-season'd wine,
A. I like this aged sphinx;
For hear how now she talks to me in riddles.
Zopyra, that wine-cask.Antiphanes, in his Female Bacchanalians— But since this now is not the case, I'm sure He is a wretched man who ever marries Except among the Scythians; for their country Is the sole land which does not bear the vine. And Xenarchus, in his Pentathlum, says—
I write a woman's oath in mighty wine.