Two Plays of Menander: The Rape of the Locks, the Arbitration

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ACT III

Enter SÔSIAS, a drinking flask in his hand.

SÔSIAS

I haven't dared to tell him what she's done.
He doesn't know she's here. He doesn't know
She's left his house at all. He sits there brooding
Over that thin gold headband that she wore.
It fell off with her hair. I just began,
"My Chîliarch," I said, "you ought to know
What that damned girl's been doing"; out he flared
And said I treated her with disrespect.
"Well, Glycera . . ." I began; at that he stopped me;
He never wished to hear that name again.
"Quite right," I said; "she's not the girl for you.
And never was." "Be silent, man," he roared;
"I don't deserve her, savage that I've been."
If he can't help himself it's up to me
To help him. So I've left my own girl there
To keep watch, while I slipped away and called
The light-armed squad to join me. If he wants
His girl back, well, I mean to get her back.
It's one short military operation.
I've sent them just to have a drink or two
To prime them. I shall be in sole command.
In sole command! "A storming party led
By Corporal Sôsias." I like the sound.
Tley'll soon be here. Yes, I must do this job
In style. I'll make a speech before the battle

-49-

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Two Plays of Menander: The Rape of the Locks, the Arbitration
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • The Rape of the Locks the Perikeiromenê of Menander 3
  • Preface 5
  • ACT I AND PROLOGUE 13
  • PROLOGUE 21
  • ACT II 31
  • ACT III 49
  • ACT IV 71
  • ACT V 89
  • Notes 109
  • The Arbitration the Epitrepontes of Menander 117
  • Introduction 119
  • ACT I 127
  • ACT II 148
  • ACT III 168
  • ACT IV 189
  • ACT V 207
  • Notes 231
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