Eternal theme: late in the evening the father in anxiety awaits the house of a detained son somewhere and mutters to himself that there is no greater unrest than the excitement of the parents… The
old man Mikion has no native children. His brother Demei has two sons. One of them, Aeschines, adopted Mikion. He brings up the young man within the framework of reasonable permissiveness and full trust. Demea often reproaches him for this.
And that’s exactly the son of Demee, Ctesiphon falls in love with the harpist Bacchides, who is still the property of the procurer Sannion.
The noble Aeschines, clever and energetic (though, on occasion, he himself does not mind taking a piss and have fun), severely shuns this acquisitor: Sannion obviously fears him. And there are reasons for this.
Moreover, in order to protect his brother from too serious reproaches, some of his sins Aeschines takes over, really risking damage to his reputation. And this fraternal selflessness is touching.
Sire, the slave of Mikyon, is very devoted to the masters: he helps them in word and deed. He helped to bring up both boys. By the way, clever Sire takes an active part in the “taming” of the self-seeking pimp Sannion.
And again – the traditional plot line: at one time Eshin disgraced a good girl Pamfilu. The already approaching birth, And honest Aeschines is ready to take on all the worries of fatherhood:
But his supposed sins (he, as you remember, often covered up his disloyal brother Ctesiphon) damaged his relationship with the bride and her relatives; Aeschine is simply denied home.
Yet, with the joint efforts of relatives, friends and devoted servants, truth and peace will be restored. But this is yet to come.
By the way, in this situation slaves often find themselves smarter and more humane than some gentlemen. And more resourceful – so it is always!
Demei is becoming more and more convinced that his brother caresses him and does more with good than he does with strict limitations and quibbles.
Thanks to the friendly cooperation of Aeschines and Sire, the frivolous Ctesiphon has fun with the singer. Their feelings are sincere and therefore attract the sympathy of the audience. But this, of course, worries his father Demea. Therefore, at particularly critical moments, the devotee Sir skillfully escorts him away from the place of his son’s love visits.
To test the reliability of Aeschine’s feelings, his father talks about the groom-relative of Miletus, who is ready to take Pamphil with his child. Especially since Eshin once thoughtlessly (not to say – impermissible) pulled with matchmaking; his future wife was already on the ninth month!
But, seeing sincere repentance and even despair of the son, his father calms: everything has already been settled and the bride’s relatives believed that he was not so guilty as the rumor kept saying. And the young mother believed it, too.
Having paid twenty mines to the procurer for the singer, Mikiyon decides to leave her in the house – it will be more fun to live!
And he still admonishes Demeja: everyone has the right to live as he was used to, if, of course, this does not hinder the people around him.
And Demeja is changing right before our eyes! Until recently – harsh and haughty, he becomes affable even with respect to the slaves. And in a rush of feelings tells the servants to tear down the fence between the two houses:
Let the yard be common, so that the wedding can be played broadly, together, and then the bride will not have to go to the groom’s house, which in her current position would not be easy.
And finally, the same Demeja offers Mikion to grant freedom to the most faithful servant of Syrah. And at the same time – and his wife.