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The Frogs   


DIONYSUS
If my advice you'll take.
EURIPIDES
Why, at first starting here's a fault skyhigh.
AESCHYLUS (to DIONYSUS)
You see your folly?
DIONYSUS
Have your way; I care not.
AESCHYLUS (to EURIPIDES)
What is my fault?
EURIPIDES
Begin the lines again.
AESCHYLUS
"Grave Hermes, witnessing a father's power-"
EURIPIDES
And this beside his murdered father's grave
Orestes speaks?
AESCHYLUS
I say not otherwise.
EURIPIDES
Then does he mean that when his father fell
By craft and violence at a woman's hand,
The god of craft was witnessing the deed?
AESCHYLUS
It was not he: it was the Helper Hermes
He called the grave: and this he showed by adding
It was his sire's prerogative he held.
EURIPIDES
Why this is worse than all. If from his father
He held this office grave, why then-
DIONYSUS
He was
A graveyard rifler on his father's side.
AESCHYLUS
Bacchus, the wine you drink is stale and fusty.
DIONYSUS
Give him another: (to EURIPIDES) you, look out for faults.
AESCHYLUS
"Be thou my saviour and mine aid to-day,
For here I come, and hither I return."
EURIPIDES
The same thing twice says clever Aeschylus.
DIONYSUS
How twice?
EURIPIDES
Why, just consider: I'll explain.
"I come, says he; and "I return," says he:
It's the same thing, to "come" and to "return."
DIONYSUS
Aye, just as if you said, "Good fellow, tend me
A kneading trough: likewise, a trough to knead in."
AESCHYLUS
It is not so, you everlasting talker,
They're not the same, the words are right enough.
DIONYSUS
How so? inform me how you use the words.
AESCHYLUS
A man, not banished from his home, may "come"
To any land, with no especial chance.
A home-bound exile both "returns" and "comes."
DIONYSUS
O good, by Apollo!
What do you say, Euripides, to that?
EURIPIDES

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