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T. Maccius Plautus, Rudens, or The Fisherman's Rope (ed. Henry Thomas Riley) 2 0 Browse Search
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T. Maccius Plautus, Rudens, or The Fisherman's Rope (ed. Henry Thomas Riley), act 3, scene 4 (search)
" "Merga' means 'a pitchfork;" and, according to Festus, it was so called from its resemblance when dipped into the hay to the action of the "mergus," or "didapper when dipping into the sea,. SERV. We keep no fire, we live upon dried figs. DÆM. I'll find the fire, if only I have the opportunity of kindling it upon your head. LABRAX Faith, I'll go somewhere to look for some fire. DÆM. What, when you've found it? LABRAX I'll be making a great fire here. DÆM. What, to be burningTo be burning: Festus tells us that "humanum" was a "mortuary sacrifice," or "offering to the dead." In his question, therefore, Dæmones inplies a wish to know whether Labrax is about to put an end to himself. It was allowable to drive away those who fled to the altar by the agency of fire. a mortuary sacrifice for yourself? LABRAX No, but I'll burn both of these alive here upon the altar. DÆM. I'd like that. For, by my troth, I'll forthwith seize you by the head and throw you into the fire, and, half-roasted, I