Enter DEMIPHOand CHREMESfrom the latter's house.
Demipho. Never you mind, I say; I'll take care that he doesn't cheat us. I'll never be fool enough to let this money out of my hands without having witnesses present; I'll tell them to whom I give it, and for what.
Geta (aside). How careful he is when care isn't needed!
Chremes. That's how you ought to do it; and make haste, while he's of the same mind, for if that other girl becomes more urgent, he may throw us over.
Geta. You've hit it exactly.
Demipho (to GETA). Then take me to him.
Geta. I'm all ready.
Chremes. When you've done this, come over and see my wife, and she'll call on the girl before she goes away. She'll tell her, by way of preventing her being angry, that we're going to marry her to Phormio; that he's much better suited to her, insomuch as he's more closely connected with her; that we've not failed in our duty, and have given him as much dowry as he wanted.
Demipho. What the deuce have you to do with that?
Chremes. A great deal, Domipho. It's not sufficient to do your duty; you must win the world's approval as well. I want her to act of her own free will, so that she won't say that she was turned out.
Demipho. I can do all this myself.
Chremes. Yes, but it takes a woman to manage a woman.