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Enter SIMO and DAVUS from the house of the former. MYSIS and LESBIA are coming toward the house of GLYCERIUM.
not seeing SIMO and DAVUS. Upon my faith, the fact is really as you mentioned, Lesbia, you can hardly find a man constant to a woman. SIMO
apart to DAVUS. This maid-servant comes from the Andrian. DAVUS
apart to SIMO. What do you say? SIMO
apart to DAVUS. It is so. MYSIS
But this Pamphilus---- SIMO
apart to DAVUS. What is she saying? MYSIS
Has proved his constancy. SIMO
apart. Hah! DAVUS
apart to himself. I wish that either he were deaf, or she struck dumb. MYSIS
For the child she brings forth, he has ordered to be brought up. SIMO
apart. O Jupiter! What do I hear! It's all over, if indeed this woman speaks the truth. LESBIA
You mention a good disposition on the part of the young man. MYSIS
A most excellent one. But follow me in-doors, that you mayn't keep her waiting. LESBIA
I'll follow. MYSIS and LESBIA go into GLYCERIUM'S house. DAVUS
aside. What remedy now shall I find for this mishap? SIMO
to himself aloud. What does this mean? Is he so infatuated ? The child of a foreign woman? Now I understand; ah! scarcely even at last, in my stupidity, have I found it out. DAVUS
aside to himself. What does he say he has found out? SIMO
aside. This piece of knavery is being now for the first time palmed upon me by this fellow; they are pretending that she's in labor, in order that they may alarm Chremes. GLYCERIUM
exclaiming from within her house. Juno Lucina,1 grant me thine aid, save me, I do entreat thee! SIMO
Whew! so sudden? What nonsense! As soon as she has heard that I'm standing before the door, she makes all haste. These incidents, Davus, have not been quite happily adapted by you as to the points of time. DAVUS
By me? SIMO
Are your scholars forgetful? 2 DAY.
I don't know what you are talking about. SIMO
aside. If he at the real marriage of my son had taken me off my guard, what sport he would have made of me. Now it is at his own risk; I'm sailing in harbor.
1 Juno Lucina: Juno Lucina had the care of women in childbed. Under this name some suppose Diana to have been worshiped. A similar incident to the present is found in the Adelphi, l. 486; and in the Aulularia of Plautus, l. 646.
2 Are your scholars forqetful?: He alludes under this term to Mysis, Lesbia, and Pamphilus, whom he supposes Davus to have been training to act their parts in the plot against him.
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