The Norton Anthology of World Literature

Lysistrata translated by Sarah Ruden

Fine. So. Here goes. You need to know the plan.
Yes, ladies. How we force the men to peace.
How are we going to do it? We must all
Hold off-

From what?

You’re positive you will?

We’ll do it! Even if it costs our lives.

From now on, no more penises for you.
(The women begin to disperse.)
Wait! You can’t all just turn and walk away!
And what’s this purse-lipped shaking of your heads?
You’re turning pale—is that a tear I see?
Will you or not? You can’t hold out on me!

No, I don’t think so. Let the war go on.

Me? Not a chance in hell, so screw the war.”

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