A YOUNG GIRL'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS
Scene: A shabby living-room in Athens. Crobyle, a middle-aged woman, is talking to her teenage daughter, Corinna.
CROBYLE: There now, Corinna, that wasn't as bad as you thought, was it - going to bed with a nice young man and earning your first mina? And I'm going to spend some of it right away to buy you a new necklace.
CORINNA: Oh, thanks, Mum. Can I have one like Lycaenis's, with lots of jewels in it?
CROBYLE: That's just the kind it will be. But first I want to give you a bit more advice on how to behave with men. You see, dear, it's our only source of income. You know what a struggle we've had to make ends meet these last two years, since your poor father died. So long as he was alive, we never went short of anything, for he'd made quite a name for himself in the Piraeus - in fact everyone swears there'll never be a blacksmith to touch him. When he died, I sold his hammer and tongs and anvil for two minas, and that kept us going for a while. Then I did various odd jobs like dressmaking and spinning and weaving, to scrape together enough for us to live on. But all the time I was struggling to bring you up, this was what I was hoping for. CORINNA: This mina, do you mean?
CROBYLE: No, not just that. I reckoned that once you were grown up, as you are now, you'd soon be able to support me, and buy your own jewellery, and have lots of money and servants and gorgeous clothes.