petticoat and shoes). What's the matter? Whither in the world is my wife gone? for it is now near morning, and she does not appear. I have been lying this long while wanting to ease myself, seeking to find my shoes and my garment in the dark. And when now, on groping after it, I was not able to find it, but he, Sir-reverence, now continued to knock at the door, I take this kerchief of my wife's, and I trail along her Persian slippers. But where, where could one ease himself in an unfrequented place? or is every place a good place by night? for now no one will see me easing myself. Ah me, miserable! because I married a wife, being an old man. How many stripes I deserve to get! For she never went out to do any good. But nevertheless I must certainly go aside to ease myself.
A neighbour (coming forward). Who is it? Surely it is not Blepyrus my neighbour? Yes, by Jove! 'tis he himself assuredly. [Goes up to him.] Tell me, what means this yellow colour? Cinesias has not, I suppose, befouled you somehow?
Blep. No; but I have come out with my wife's little saffron-coloured robe on, Avhich she is accustomed to put on.
Neigh. But where is your garment?
Blep. I can't tell. For when I looked for it, I did not find it in the bed-clothes.
Neigh. Then did you not even bid your wife tell you?
- Cf. vs. 20.
- Cf. vs. 195, supra. Lys. 523. Vesp. 121. Porson, Append. Toup. iv. p. 481. For ψηλαφῶν, compare Pax, 691.
- A Greek euphemism for πρωκτός.
- "ἐν καθαρῷ, in a place free from people. Hor. Epist. ii. 271, 'Puræ sunt plateæ, nihil ut meditantibus obstet.' Cf. Apoll. R. iii. 1201." Brunck.
- Cf. Thesm. 292. "It is the same as if he had said καλόν ἐστι." Kuster.
- Cf. Thesm. 412, 413.
- Terence, Andrian, iv. 5, 6, "Quem video? estne hic Crito sobrinus Chrysidis? is est." Eun. iii. 4, 7, "Sed quisnam a Thaide exit? is est, annon est? ipsus est."
- "There is an allusion to the πυῤῥίχη of Cinesias; for which see Ran. 153, and because the same person κατατετίληκε τῶν Ἑκαταίων, (Ran. 366)." Bergler.
- Plaut. Epid. ii. 2, 47, "caltulam aut crocotulam." Cf. Virg. Æn. ix. 614.
- See note on Equit. 1017.