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THE CLOUDS.

Strep. I do. Come, what would you say, pray, if I were to take this, when the clerk was entering the suit, and were to stand at a distance, in the direction of the sun, thus, and melt out the letters of my suit?

Soc. Cleverly done, by the Graces!

Strep. Oh! how I am delighted, that a suit of five talents has been cancelled!

Soc. Come now, quickly seize upon this.

Strep. What?

Soc. How, when engaged in a lawsuit,[1] you could overturn the suit, when you were about to be cast, because you had no witnesses.

Strep. Most readily and easily.

Soc. Tell me, pray.

Strep. Well now, I tell you. If, while one suit was still pending, before mine was called on, I were to run away and hang myself.

Soc. You talk nonsense.

Strep. By the gods would I! for no one will bring an action against me when I am dead.[2]

Soc. You talk nonsense. Begone; I can't teach you any longer.

Strep. Why so?[3] Yea, by the gods, O Socrates!

Soc. You straightway forget whatever you learn, For, what now was the first thing you were taught? Tell me.

Strep. Come, let me see: nay, what was the first?[4] What

    certainly known among the ancients, perhaps as early as the time of Aristophanes. 'We find mention or burning-glasses as early as the time of Socrates; and a number of lenses, more powerful than those employed by our own engravers, have been found among the ruins of Herculaneum.' St. John's Ancient Greece." Felton.

  1. ἀντιδικῶν. Dindorf. I would prefer ἀντιδίκων.

    "Wie wahrst im Process du dich gegen Klägers Forderung,
    Wenn du weisst, du musst verlieren, da aller Beweis dir fehlt?" Droysen.

  2. "Something appears to have been omitted after this verse." Droysen.
  3. "ὅτι τι is merely τί, ὅτι; and something must be repeated from the foregoing sentence. Here ὁτιὴ τί = τί, ὁτιὴ οὐκ ἄν με διδάξαις; quid est, quod me docere amplius nolis?" Hermann. Cf. Krüger, Gr. Gr. § 61, 17, obs. 8.
  4. "Say'st thou the first? The very first—what was it?
    Why, let me see; 'twas something, was it not,
    About the meal.—Out on it! I have forgotten it." Cumberland.