Plautus, The Merchant

LCL 163: 10-11

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Plautus

Mercator

Argvmentvm I Missus mercatum ab suo adulescens patre Emit atque apportat scita forma mulierem. Requirit quae sit, postquam eam uidit, senex; Confingit seruos emptam matri pedisequam. 5Amat senex hanc, at se simulans uendere Tradit uicino; eum putat uxor sibi Obduxe scortum. tum Charinum ex fuga Retrahit sodalis, postquam amicam inuenit. Argvmentvm II mercatum asotum filium extrudit pater. is peregre missus redimit ancillam hospitis amore captus, aduehit. naue exsilit, pater aduolat, ancillam uisam deperit. 5cuius sit percontatur; seruos pedisequam ab adulescente matri <ait> emptam ipsius. senex, sibi prospiciens, ut amico suo ueniret natum orabat, natus ut suo:
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Mercator

The Merchant

Plot Summary 1

A young man, sent as a merchant by his father, buys and brings back a woman of beautiful appearance. After seeing her, the old man asks who she is. The young man’s slave pretends that she was bought as an attendant for the young man’s mother. The5 old man is in love with her, but, pretending to sell her, entrusts her to his neighbor. His neighbor’s wife believes that he has introduced a prostitute into her presence. Then a comrade of Charinus drags him back from his flight after finding his girlfriend.

Plot Summary 2

A father threw out his profligate son so that he should be a merchant. Sent abroad, the son was overpowered by love, bought his host’s slave girl, and took her home. He disembarked. His father rushed there, saw the slave girl, and fell in love. He asked5 whose she was; his son’s slave said she had been bought by the young man as an attendant for his mother. Each looking out for himself, the old man asked his son that she should be sold to a friend of his, and the son to a friend of his. The young man had

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.plautus-merchant.2011