Must you have recourse to such jackanapes' tricks to supplant me?
No, it's your own tricks that I am borrowing, just as a drunken
guest, when he has to take a crap, seizes some other man's shoes.
Oh! you shall not outdo me in flattery! I am going to hand Demos
this garment; all that remains to you, you rogue, is to go and hang
DEMOS (as CLEON throws a cloak around his shoulders)
Faugh! may the plague seize you! You stink of leather horribly.
Why, it's to smother you that he has thrown this cloak around
you on top of the other; and it is not the first plot he has planned
against you. Do you remember the time when silphium was so cheap?
Aye, to be sure I do!
Very well! it was Cleon who had caused the price to fall so low,
that all might eat it, and the jurymen in the Courts were almost
asphyxiated from farting in each others' faces.
Hah! why, indeed, a Dungtownite told me the same thing.
Were you not yourself in those days quite red in the gills with
Why, it was a trick worthy of Pyrrhandrus!
With what other idle trash will you seek to ruin me, you wretch!
Oh! I shall be more brazen than you, for it's the goddess who
has commanded me.
No, on my honour, you will not! Here, Demos, feast on this dish;
it is your salary as a dicast, which you gain through me for doing
Wait! here is a little box of ointment to rub into the sores on
I will pluck out your white hairs and make you young again.
Take this hare's tail to wipe the rheum from your eyes.
When you wipe your nose, clean your fingers on my head.
No, on mine.
On mine. (To the SAUSAGE-SELLER) I will have you made a
trierarch and you will get ruined through it; I will arrange that
you are given an old vessel with rotten sails, which you will have
to repair constantly and at great cost.
Our man is on the boil; enough, enough, enough, he is boiling
over; remove some of the embers from under him and skim off his
I will punish your self-importance; I will crush you with imposts;
I will have you inscribed on the list of the rich.
For me no threat-only one simple wish. That you may be having some
cuttle-fish fried on the stove just as you are going to set forth to