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aloud, to himself . It's a great folly, to my notion at least, for any man that's in love to go to the Forum on that day on which the object which he loves is close at hand1; as I in my folly have been doing; I've spent the day, standing pleading2 for a certain relative of mine, who, faith, I'm very delighted has lost his cause; so that he hasn't for nothing chosen me as his advocate to-day. He ought first to ask and make enquiry, whether his mind is at home or not at home, whom he's choosing for his advocate; if he says it isn't, without his mind he should send him off home. Catches sight of his wife. But look, there's my wife before the house! Alas! wretch that I am! I'm afraid that she isn't deaf, and has heard this.

apart . By my troth, I have heard it to your great cost.

I'll go nearer to her. Goes up to CLEOSTRATA. What are you about, my delight?

I' faith, I was waiting for you.

Are the things ready now? Have you by this brought over here to our house this female neighbour of yours, who was to assist you?

I sent for her as you requested me; but this companion of yours, your very good friend, was in a pet with his wife about something, I don't know what; he said, when I went to fetch her, that he wouldn't send her.

That's your greatest fault; you are not courteous enough.

It's not the part of matrons, but of harlots, to be showing courtesies, my husband, to the husbands of others. Go yourself and fetch her; I wish to attend in-doors, my husband, to what is requisite to be done.

Make haste then.

Very well. Aside. Now, faith, I shall inspire some apprehensions in his heart. I'll this day render this lovesick man completely miserable. She goes into the house.

1 Is close at hand: "In mundo." There is some doubt what is the meaning of this expression here. Warner renders it "in all her trim."

2 Standing pleading: It was the custom at Rome, as with us for the advocate to stand while pleading the cause of his client.

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