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Enter CYLINDRUS, from the house.
Take a hand-basket and some money. See, you have three didrachmns here. Giving him money. . CYLINDRUS
I have so. EROTIUM
Go and bring some provisions, see that there's enough for three; let it be neither deficient nor overmuch. CYLINDRUS
What sort of persons are these to be? EROTIUM
Myself, Menaechmus, and his Parasite. CYLINDRUS
Then these make ten, for the Parasite easily performs the duty of eight persons1. EROTIUM
I've now told you the guests; do you take care of the rest. CYLINDRUS
Very well. It's cooked already; bid them go and take their places. EROTIUM
Make haste back. CYLINDRUS
I'll be here directly. (Exit CYLINDRUS, and EROTIUM goes into her house.)
1 Duty of eight persons: Athenaeus, Book I., quotes a passage from Eubulus, the Comic writer, where he represents a Parasite as being counted or two or even three at table.
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