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What do you want?

For you to take in these cooks, and this music-girl, and these provisions for the wedding. Megadorus bade me take these things to Euclio.

Are you about to make this wedding, Strobilus, in honor of Ceres1?


Because I don't see any wine brought.

Why, that will be brought just now, when he himself comes back from the market.

There's no firewood here in our house.

There are the beams.

I' faith, there are.

There is wood, then; don't you be seeking it out of doors.

What, you unpurified fellow2, although your business is with the fire, for the sake of a dinner, or of your own hire, do you request us to set our house on fire?

I don't ask you.

Take them in-doors.

Follow me. They follow her in-doors, and STROBILUS goes with the others into the house of MEGADORUS.

1 In honor of Ceres: The old woman probably alludes to the Thesmophoria, where abstinence from wine was especially practised, and which were celebrated in a state of fasting and purification. Her question here tends to confirm the suspicion that she was more fond of the "merum" than the "mixtum," reference to which has already been made

2 You unpurified fellow: "Impurate." "You that are unpurified, in spite of your everlastingly stewing over the fire." She alludes, figuratively, to the process of smelting and purifying metals by the action of fire.

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