Satyricon

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Author: Petronius Arbiter

Chapter the Seventh.

"Please, mother," I wheedled, "you don’t know where I lodge, do you?" Delighted with such humorous affability, "What’s the reason I don’t" she replied, and getting upon her feet, she commenced to walk ahead of me. I took her for a prophetess until, when presently we came to a more obscure quarter, the affable old lady pushed aside a crazy-quilt and remarked, "Here’s where you ought to live," and when I denied that I recognized the house, I saw some men prowling stealthily between the rows of name-boards and naked prostitutes. Too late I realized that I had been led into a brothel. After cursing the wiles of the little old hag, I covered my head and commenced to run through the middle of the night-house to the exit opposite, when, to and behold! whom should I meet on the very threshold but Ascyltos himself, as tired as I was, and almost dead; you would have thought that he had been brought by the self-same little old hag! I smiled at that, greeted him cordially, and asked him what he was doing in such a scandalous place.

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Chicago: Petronius Arbiter, "Chapter the Seventh.," Satyricon, trans. W. C. Firebaugh in Satyricon (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922), Original Sources, accessed March 24, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L2NZUWPV1EABDQK.

MLA: Arbiter, Petronius. "Chapter the Seventh." Satyricon, translted by W. C. Firebaugh, in Satyricon, New York, Boni and Liveright, 1922, Original Sources. 24 Mar. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L2NZUWPV1EABDQK.

Harvard: Arbiter, P, 'Chapter the Seventh.' in Satyricon, trans. . cited in 1922, Satyricon, Boni and Liveright, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 24 March 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L2NZUWPV1EABDQK.