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Enter PYTHIAS and DORIAS in haste from the house of THAIS.

PYTHIAS
aloud. Where, wretch that I am, shall I find this wicked and impious fellow? Or where look for him? That he should dare to commit so audacious a crime as this! I'm ruined outright!

PHAEDRIA
apart. I dread what this may be.

PYTHIAS
Besides, too, the villain, after he had abused the girl, rent all the poor thing's clothes, and tore her hair as well.

PHAEDRIA
apart, in surprise. Ha!

PYTHIAS
If he were just now in my reach, how eagerly would I fly at that villain's eyes with my nails!

PHAEDRIA
apart. Really I can't imagine what disturbance has happened to us at home in my absence. I'll accost them. Going up to them. What's the matter? Why in such haste? Or whom are you looking for, Pythias?

PYTHIAS
Why, Phaedria, whom should I be looking for? Away with you, as you deserve, with such fine presents of yours.

PHAEDRIA
What is the matter?

PYTHIAS
What, do you ask? The Eunuch you gave us, what confusion he has caused. He has ravished the girl whom the Captain made present of to my mistress.

PHAEDRIA
What is it you say?

PYTHIAS
I'm ruined outright!

PHAEDRIA
You are drunk.

PYTHIAS
I wish that they were so, who wish ill to me.

DORIAS
Oh, prithee, my dear Pythias, what a monstrous thing this is!

PHAEDRIA
You are out of your senses. How could a Eunuch possibly do this?

PYTHIAS
I know nothing about him: as to what he has done, the thing speaks for itself. The girl is in tears; and when you ask her what's the matter, she does not dare tell. But he, a precious fellow, is nowhere to be seen. To my sorrow I suspect too, that when he took himself off he carried something away from the house.

PHAEDRIA
I can not enough wonder, whither this varlet can possibly have betaken himself to any distance from here; unless perhaps he has returned home to our house.

PYTHIAS
Pray, go and see whether he is there.

PHAEDRIA
I'll let you know immediately. Goes into the house of LACHES.

DORIAS
Ruined outright! Prithee, my dear, I never did so much as hear of a deed so abominable!

PYTHIAS
Why, faith, I had heard that they were extremely fond of the women, but were incapable; unfortunately what has happened never came into my mind; otherwise I should have shut him up somewhere, and not have intrusted the girl to him.

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