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1252—1273.
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THE CLOUDS.

Strep. Not, as far as I know.[1] Will you not then pack off as fast as possible from my door?

Pas. I will depart; and be assured of this, that I will make deposit against you, or may I live no longer!

Strep. Then you will lose it besides, in addition to your twelve minæ. And yet I do not wish you to suffer this, because you named the κάρποδος foolishly. [Exeunt Pasias and witness, and enter Amynias.]

Amyn. Ah me! ah me![2]

Strep. Ha! whoever is this, who is lamenting? Surely it was not one of Carcinus' deities that spoke.[3]

Amyn. But why do you wish to know this, who[4] I am?—a miserable man.

Strep. Then follow your own path.[5]

Amyn. O harsh Fortune! O Fates, breaking the wheels of my horses! O Pallas, how you have destroyed me!

Strep. What evil, pray, has Tlepolemus ever done you?

Amyn. Do not jeer me, my friend; but order[6] your son to pay me the money which he received; especially as I have been unfortunate.

Strep. What money is this?

Amyn. That which he borrowed.

Strep. Then you were really unlucky,[7] as I think.

Amyn. By the gods, I fell while driving my horses.

Strep. Why, pray, do you talk nonsense, as if you had fallen from an ass?[8]

  1. "Not if I know it;
    So bundle off directly from my door." Walsh.

    Cf. Eccles. 350. Thesm. 34. Pax, 857. Vesp. 1288. Thuc. vi. 25. Krüger, Gr. Gr. § 55, 3, obs. 5. Hermann, Vig. n. 154, Append. p. 720.

  2. Vss. 1259, 1264, 1265, 1272, are quotations from the Licymnius of Xenocles, the son of Carcinus. "Euphronius (ap. Schol.) informs us that these verses are from the Licymnius of Xenocles, and that they were spoken by Alcmena, when Licymnius had perished through the fault of Tlepolemus. Fritzsche. Cf. Thesm. 169, 440. Vesp. 1501. Ran. 86.
  3. Comp. Pax, 1211. Lys. 354.
  4. See Krüger's Gr. Gr. § 51, 8. Other editions punctuate differently.
  5. "So gehe deines Wegs." Droysen.
  6. See note on Equit. 1017.
  7. Comp. Plut. 390, 1035.
  8. "He plays upon the ambiguity of the words; for if you write