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Trygaeus
How shall we set about removing these stones?

Hermes
who has just returned.
Rash reprobate, what do you propose doing?

Trygaeus
Nothing bad, as Cillicon said.

Hermes
You are undone, you wretch.

Trygaeus
Yes, if the lot had to decide my life, [365] for Hermes would know how to turn the chance.

Hermes
You are lost, you are dead.

Trygaeus
On what day?

Hermes
This instant.

Trygaeus
But I have not provided myself with flour and cheese yet to start for death.

Hermes
You are kneaded and ground already, I tell you.

Trygaeus
Hah! [370] I have not yet tasted that gentle pleasure.

Hermes
Don't you know that Zeus has decreed death for him who is caught exhuming Peace?

Trygaeus
What! must I really and truly die?

Hermes
You must.

Trygaeus
Well then, lend me three drachmae to buy a young pig; [375] I wish to have myself initiated before I die.

Hermes
Oh! Zeus, the Thunderer!

Trygaeus
I adjure you in the name of the gods, master, don't report us!

Hermes
I may not, I cannot keep silent.

Trygaeus
In the name of the meats which I brought you so good-naturedly.

Hermes
[380] Why, wretched man, Zeus will annihilate me, if I do not shout out at the top of my voice, to inform him what you are plotting.

Trygaeus
Oh, no! don't shout, I beg you, dear little Hermes.

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