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CINESIAS
Leave that to me,
I'll take all risk.

MYRRHINE
Well, I'll make you comfortable.

CINESIAS
Don't worry. I'd as soon lie on the grass.

MYRRHINE
No, by Apollo, in spite of all your faults
I won't have you lying on the nasty earth.
(From here MYRRHINE keeps on going off to fetch things.)

CINESIAS
Ah, how she loves me.

MYRRHINE
Rest there on the bench,
While I arrange my clothes. O what a nuisance,
I must find some cushions first.

CINESIAS
Why some cushions?
Please don't get them!

MYRRHINE
What? The plain, hard wood?
Never, by Artemis! That would be too vulgar.

CINESIAS
Open your arms!

MYRRHINE
No. Wait a second.

CINESIAS
O....
Then hurry back again.

MYRRHINE
Here the cushions are.
Lie down while I—O dear! But what a shame,
You need more pillows.

CINESIAS
I don't want them, dear.

MYRRHINE
But I do.

CINESIAS
Thwarted affection mine,
They treat you just like Heracles at a feast
With cheats of dainties, O disappointing arms!

MYRRHINE
Raise up your head.

CINESIAS
There, that's everything at last.

MYRRHINE
Yes, all.

CINESIAS
Then run to my arms, you golden girl.

MYRRHINE
I'm loosening my girdle now. But you've not forgotten?
You're not deceiving me about the Treaty?

CINESIAS
No, by my life, I'm not.

MYRRHINE
Why, you've no blanket.

CINESIAS
It's not the silly blanket's warmth but yours I want.

MYRRHINE
Never mind. You'll soon have both. I'll come straight back.

CINESIAS
The woman will choke me with her coverlets.

MYRRHINE
Get up a moment.

CINESIAS
I'm up high enough.

MYRRHINE
Would you like me to perfume you?

CINESIAS
By Apollo, no!

MYRRHINE
By Aphrodite, I'll do it anyway.

CINESIAS
Lord Zeus, may she soon use up all the myrrh.

MYRRHINE
Stretch out your hand. Take it and rub it in.

CINESIAS
Hmm, it's not as fragrant as might be; that is,
Not before it's smeared. It doesn't smell of kisses.

MYRRHINE
How silly I am: I've brought you Rhodian scents.

CINESIAS
It's good enough, leave it, love.

MYRRHINE
You must be jesting.

CINESIAS
Plague rack the man who first compounded scent!

MYRRHINE
Here, take this flask.

CINESIAS
I've a far better one.
Don't tease me, come here, and get nothing more.

MYRRHINE
I'm coming.... I'm just drawing off my shoes....
You're sure you will vote for Peace?

CINESIAS
I'll think about it.
She runs off.
I'm dead: the woman's worn me all away.
She's gone and left me with an anguished pulse.

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