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THE CLOUDS.

even he is overcome by love and women. And yet, how could you, who are a mortal, have greater power than a god?

Just. But what, if he should suffer the radish through obeying you, and be depillated with hot ashes? What argument will he be able to state, to prove that he is is not a blackguard?

Unj. And if he be a blackguard, what harm will he suffer?

Just. Nay, what could he ever suffer still greater than this?

Unj. What then will you say, if you be conquered by me in this.

Just. I will be silent: what else can I do?

Unj. Come now, tell me; from what class do the advocates come?

Just. From the blackguards.

Unj. I believe you. What then? from what class do the tragedians come?

Just. From the blackguards.

Unj. You say well. But from what class do the public orators come?

Just. From the blackguards.

Unj. Then have you perceived that you say nothing to the purpose? And look which class among the audience is the more numerous.

Just. Well now, I'm looking.

Unj. What, then, do you see?

Just. By the gods, the blackguards to be far more numerous. This fellow, at any rate, I know; and him yonder; and this fellow with the long hair.

Unj. What, then, will you say?

Just. We are conquered. Ye blackguards, by the gods, receive my cloak,[1] for I desert to you. [Exeunt the two Causes, and re-enter Socrates and Strepsiades.]

Soc. What then? Whether do you wish to take and lead away this your son, or shall I teach him to speak?

Strep. Teach him, and chastise him; and remember that

    For the infinitive, cf. vs. 856, 996. Equit. 1187. Pax, 551. Krüger, Gr. Gr. § 55, 1, obs. 5, and note on Ran. 169.

  1. "The action of throwing off his coat alludes to Socrates' ceremony of stripping his disciples before they were initiated into his school." Cumberland.