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Enter SYRUS, drunk, and DEMEA, on the opposite side of the stage.

Upon my faith, my dear little Syrus, you have taken delicate care of yourself, and have done your duty1 with exquisite taste; be off with you. But since I've had my fill of every thing in-doors, I have felt disposed to take a walk.

apart. Just look at that--there's an instance of their good training!

to himself. But see, here comes our old man. Addressing him. What's the matter ? Why out of spirits?

Oh you rascal!

Hold now; are you spouting your sage maxims here?

If you were my servant----

Why, you would be a rich man, Demea, and improve your estate.

I would take care that you should be an example to all the rest.

For what reason ? What have I done ?

Do you ask me ? in the midst of this confusion, and during the greatest mischief, which is hardly yet set right, you have been getting drunk, you villain, as though things had been going on well.

aside. Really, I wish I hadn't come out.

1 Have done your duty: His duty of providing the viands and drink for the entertainment. So Ergasilus says in the Captivi of Plautus, l. 912 "Now I will go off to my government (praefecturam), to give laws to the bacon."

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