Ah! You have come back again! I shall tan your hide for you.
Ah! Brave and generous I, compose yourself, I beseech you.
Sosie, spare Sosie a little, and do not divert yourself by knocking
Who gave you liberty to call yourself by that name? Did I not
expressly forbid you to do so, under penalty of experiencing a
thousand cuts from the cane?
It is a name we both may bear at the same time, under the same
master. I am recognised as Sosie everywhere; I permit you to be he,
permit me to be so, too. Let us leave it to the two Amphitryons to
give vent to their jealousies, and, though they contend, let the two
Sosies live in the bonds of peace.
No, one is quite enough; I am determined not to allow any division.
You shall have precedence over me; I will be the younger, and
you shall be the elder.
No: a brother is a nuisance, and not to my taste; I intend to
be the only son.
O barbarous and tyrannical heart! Allow me at least to be your shadow.
Nevertheless I am absolutely certain that something about a
son of a strumpet struck my ear.
It must have been a parrot roused by the beautiful weather.
Adieu. If your back itches for a currying, here is where I live.
O Heavens! What a cursed hour is the dinner hour to be turned
out of doors! Come, let us yield to fate in our affliction. Let us
today follow blind caprice, and join the unfortunate Sosie to the
unfortunate Amphitryon: it is a suitable union. I see he is coming
in good company.