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PHRONESIUM and STRATOPHANES.

PHRONESIUM
to her SERVANTS . Give me my sandals1, and take me at once in-doors; for my head aches shockingly from the air.

STRATOPHANES
What's to become of me, to whom the two female slaves cause ache enough, with which I presented you? PHRONESIUM is led into the house. Are you off then? Well thus one's used in return. How can you possibly shut me out, The door is slammed to. Prithee, can anything be more clear than that I'm now shut out? I'm finely fooled. Be it so. With how little difficulty placing his foot against the door might I now be persuaded to break the ankles of this entire mansion! Do the manners of covetous women change at all? Since she has brought forth a son, she has plucked her spirit up. Now it's as though she said to me, "I neither ask you nor forbid you to come into the house." But I won't--I shan't go--I'll make her to be saying in a very few days that I'm a cruel man. To his ATTENDANTS. Follow me this way. A word's enough. (Exit.)

1 My sandals: She gets up from the couch where she has been reclining before her house, and calls for her sandals. Sandals were generally worn by women alone, and the use of them in public by the other sex was regarded as effeminate Cicero censures Verres and Clodius for wearing them.

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