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T. Maccius Plautus, Miles Gloriosus, or The Braggart Captain (ed. Henry Thomas Riley) 4 0 Browse Search
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T. Maccius Plautus, Rudens, or The Fisherman's Rope (ed. Henry Thomas Riley), act 2, scene 6 (search)
RMIDES You be off; I was just going to do that very thing. LABRAX Alas! what mortal being is there living more wretched than I? CHARMIDES I am by very far much more wretched, Labrax, than yourself. LABRAX How so? CHARMIDES Because I am not deserving of it, whereas you are deserving. LABRAX O bulrush, bulrush, I do praise your lot, who always maintain your credit for dryness. CHARMIDES his teeth chattering. For my part, I'm exercising myself for a skirmishing fightFor a skirmishing fight: Thornton has this Note on this passage: "'Velitatio' signifies 'a skirmish,' which was. usually made by the 'velites,' that is, 'the light-harnessed soldiers;' and these men always made use of darts, whose points would glitter at a distance, sometimes one way, and sometimes another. Now Charmides, trembling with cold, compares himself to these 'velites,' or 'skirmishers,' who never keep their places; and his words, which came out broken and by piecemeal, to the unequal glimmerings or flashes of thei