Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 493
Pyrogopolynices surrounds himself with people who are forced to glorify him. His slave, who knows his master is full of himself and not the hero he pretends to be, is nonetheless forced to glorify him. When Pyrgopolynices asks where his slave is, Artotrogus says, "Here he is; he stands close by the hero, valiant and successful, and of princely form. Mars could not dare to style himself a warrior so great, nor compare his prowess with yours."
In order to trick Sceledrus after he sees Philocomasium meeting with Pleusicles, they pretend that she has a twin sister. She playacts as her, saying, "I had heard that my own twin-sister is here in Ephesus; I came here to look for her." It takes awhile, but Sceledrus eventually takes the bait and agrees that no one has done the wrong thing to his master.
Palaestrio convinces Pyrgopolynices to send his captive home with the gifts he has given her to soften the blow of him forcing her to leave. He says, "Why consult me what you are to do? So far as I am concerned, I have told you by what method that can be effected in the gentlest manner. The gold trinkets and female clothing with which you have furnished her, let her keep it all for herself: let her take it, be off, and carry it away: tell her that it is high time for her to go home; say that her twin-sister and her mother are come, in company with whom she may go straight home." Ultimately she leaves with her goods and Palaestrio.
Once Pyrgopolynices agrees to let his captives go, he thinks about the positive things that Palaestrio has done for him in setting up his relationship with his neighbor's wife. He reflects that "before this affair, I had always thought that he was a most rascally servant; still, I...
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