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Enter MYSIS from the house of GLYCERIUM.

MYSIS
calling at the door to GLYCERIUM within. Now, wherever he is, I'll take care that your own Pamphilus shall be found for you, and brought to you by me; do you only, my life, cease to vex yourself.

PAMPHILUS
Mysis.

MYSIS
turning round. Who is it? Why, Pamphilus, you do present yourself opportunely to me. My mistress charged me to beg of you, if you love her, to come to her directly; she says she wishes to see you.

PAMPHILUS
aside. Alas! I am undone; this dilemma grows apace! To DAVUS. For me and her, unfortunate persons, now to be tortured this way through your means; for I am sent for, because she has discovered that my marriage is in preparation.

CHARINUS
From which, indeed, how easily a respite could have been obtained, if he pointing to DAVUS had kept himself quiet.

DAVUS
ironically to CHARINUS. Do proceed; if he isn't sufficiently angry of his own accord, do you irritate him.

MYSIS
to PAMPHILUS. , Aye faith, that is the case; and for that reason, poor thing, she is now in distress.

PAMPHILUS
Mysis, I swear by all the Gods that I will never forsake her; not if I were to know that all men would be my enemies in consequence. Her have I chosen for mine; she has fallen to my lot; our feelings are congenial; farewell they, who wish for a separation between us; nothing but Death separates her from me.

MYSIS
I begin to revive.

PAMPHILUS
Not the responses of Apollo are more true than this. If it can possibly be contrived that my father may not believe that this marriage has been broken off through me, I could wish it. But if that can not be, I will do that which is easily effected, for him to believe that through me it has been caused. What do you think of me?

CHARINUS
That you are as unhappy as myself.

DAVUS
placing his finger on his forehead. I'm contriving an expedient.

CHARINUS
You are a clever hand; if you do set about any thing.

DAVUS
Assuredly, I'll manage this for you.

PAMPHILUS
There's need of it now.

DAVUS
But I've got it now.

CHARINUS
What is it?

DAVUS
For him (pointing to PAMPHILUS) I've got it, not for you, don't mistake.

CHARINUS
I'm quite satisfied.

PAMPHILUS
What will you do? Tell me.

DAVUS
I'm afraid that this day won't be long enough for me to execute it, so don't suppose that I've now got leisure for relating it; do you betake yourself off at once, for you are a hinderance to me.

PAMPHILUS
I'll go and see her. Goes into the house of GLYCERIUM.

DAVUS
to CHARINUS. What are you going to do? Whither are you going from here?

CHARINUS
Do you wish me to tell you the truth?

DAVUS
No, not at all; aside he's making the beginning of a long story for me.

CHARINUS
What will become of me?

DAVUS
Come now, you unreasonable person, are you not satisfied that I give you a little respite, by putting off his marriage?

CHARINUS
But yet, Davus----

DAVUS
What then?

CHARINUS
That I may marry her----

DAVUS
Absurd.

CHARINUS
Be sure to come hither pointing in the direction of his house to my house, if you can effect any thing.

DAVUS
Why should I come? I can do nothing for you.

CHARINUS
But still, if any thing----

DAVUS
Well, well, I'll come.

CHARINUS
If you can; I shall be at home. (Exit.)

DAVUS
Do you, Mysis, remain here a little while, until I come out.

MYSIS
For what reason?

DAVUS
There's a necessity for so doing.

MYSIS
Make haste.

DAVUS
I'll be here this moment, I tell you. He goes into the house of GLYCERIUM.

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