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Enter CHREMES from the house, with a bag of money.
Where's Clitipho now? SYRUS
aside to CLITIPHO. Say--here I am. CLITIPHO
Here am I. CHREMES
to SYRUS. Have you told him how it is? SYRUS
I've told him pretty well every thing. CHREMES
Take this money, and carry it. Holding out the bag. SYRUS
aside to CLITIPHO. Go--why do you stand still, you stone; why don't you take it? CLITIPHO
Very well, give it me. Receives the bag. SYRUS
to CLITIPHO. Follow me this way directly. To CHREMES. You in the mean while will wait here for us till we return; for there's no occasion for us to stay there long. CLITIPHO and SYRUS go into the house of MENEDEMUS. CHREMES
to himself. My daughter, in fact, has now had ten minae from me, which I consider as paid for her board; another ten will follow these for clothes; and then she will require two talents for her portion. How many things, both just and unjust, are sanctioned by custom!1 Now I'm obliged, neglecting my business, to look out for some one on whom to bestow my property, that has been acquired by my labor.
1 Are sanctioned by custom: He inveighs, perhaps justly, against the tyranny of custom; but in selecting this occasion for doing so, he does not manifest any great affection for his newly-found daughter.
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