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Enter THERAPONTIGONUS. 1 and LYCO.
I'm come now, inflamed with wrath in no moderate degree, but with that same with which I've learned to deal destruction upon cities. At once now, unless this moment you make haste instantly to pay me the thirty minæ which I left with you, make haste to lay down your life. LYCO
By my troth, to no little mischief do I now devote you, but to that same to which I am wont to devote that man to whom I owe nothing at all. THERAPONTIGONUS
Don't you be making yourself bold with me, or suppose that I shall be entreating you. LYCO
And you, indeed, shall never force me to pay you what has been paid, nor shall I give it you. THERAPONTIGONUS
I thought this, when I entrusted you with it, that you would repay nothing at all. LYCO
Why then are you now asking it back of me? THERAPONTIGONUS
I wish to know to whom you have paid it. LYCO
To your one-eyed freed-man; he said that he was called Summanus; I paid it to him, who brought me this sealed letter. Gives him the letter. THERAPONTIGONUS
What letter of mine, what one-eyed freed-man, what people called Summanus are you dreaming about? I really have no freed-man at all. LYCO
You act more wisely than a portion of the military men who have freed-men, and then forsake them. THERAPONTIGONUS
What have you done? LYCO
What you requested me, I've done for your sake, that I mightn't slight the messenger who had brought your seal's impression. THERAPONTIGONUS
More fool than fool were you to give credit to this letter. LYCO
To that by which matters both public and private are carried on ought I not to have given credit? I'll be off; the money has been properly paid you. Warrior, farewell. THERAPONTIGONUS
Fare you ill then, if you choose,--aye, all your life, so far as I'm concerned. (Exit.) THERAPONTIGONUS
What shall I do now? Of what use is it that I have caused kings to obey me, if this obscure fellow2 is this day to laugh at me?
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