Enter DEMIPHOand NAUSISTRATAfrom CHREMES' house.
Demipho. Now, Nausistrata, with your wonted tact, get her into a good humor with us, so that she'll do willingly what she has to do.
Nausistrata. I will.
Demipho. You're helping me by your services now, just as you assisted me with your money a little while ago.
Nausistrata. You're quite welcome, but indeed I'm less able to help you, through my husband's fault, than I ought to be.
Nausistrata. Because he's careless of my father's honest earnings. My father used to get two talents a year regularly out of those estates. What a difference there is between one man and another!
Demipho. Two talents, you say?
Nausistrata. Yes, two talents, and that, too, when things were much cheaper than they are now.
Nausistrata. What do you think of that?
Demipho. Oh, I quite agree with you.
Nausistrata. I wish I'd been born a man, I should have shown them--
Demipho. I'm sure you would.
Nausistrata. How to--
Demipho. Pray, spare yourself for your interview with the girl, lest, being so young, she tire you out.
Nausistrata. I'll do as you wish; but I see my husband coming out of your house.