Strep. Why, what good should I get else from his instruction?
Pas. And will you be willing to deny these upon oath of the gods?
Strep. What gods?
Pas. Jupiter, Mercury, and Neptune.
Strep. Yes, by Jupiter! and would pay down, too, a three-obol piece besides to swear.
Pas. Then, may you perish some day, for your impudence!
Strep. This man would he the better for it, if he were cleansed by rubbing with salt.
Pas. Ah me, how you deride me!
Strep. He will contain six choæ.
Pas. By great Jupiter and the gods, you certainly shall not do this to me with impunity.
Strep. I like your gods amazingly; and Jupiter, sworn by, is ridiculous to the knowing ones.
Pas. You will assuredly suffer punishment some time or other, for this. But answer and dismiss me, whether you are going to repay me my money, or not.
Strep. Keep quiet now, for I will presently answer you distinctly. [Runs into the house.]
Pas. (to his summons-witness). What do you think he will do?
Witness. I think he will pay you. [Re-enter with a kneading-trough.]
Strep. Where is this man who asks me for his money? Tell me, what is this?
Pas. What this is? a κάρποδος.
Strep. And do you then ask me for your money, being such an ignorant person? I would not pay, not even an obolus, to any one who called the καρπόδη κάρποδος.
Pas. Then won't you pay me?
- "Ernesti says ἔτι is redundant, Attically; Hermann translates it, Pereas etiam præter impudentiam. Not so; ἀπόλοιο ἔτι means, pereas aliquando, mögest du noch einmal zu Schanden werden." Fritzsche. Comp. Soph. El. 471. Eur. Hel. 57. Æsch. Prom. 518.
- Cf. Plut. 1062. Pasias was, it seems, a corpulent man; therefore Strepsiades compares him to a wine-skin, which was usually rubbed with salt to keep the leather sweet.
"Gut ausgelauget g'ab'er einen wackem Schlauch." Draysen.