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Reading #2c

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milites.
quis hic egreditur?
daemoniacus.
vel magis ipse diabolus.
fugiamus!

magis: in the sense of "more likely; rather"

fugiamus: hortatory subjunctive

  why do the soldiers want to run away when they see Dulcitius emerging from the kitchen pantry?
Dulcitius.
milites, quo fugitis ?
state, expectate;
ducite me
cum lucernis ad cubile.

quo: whither, to where, where (adverb)

state, expectate, ducite: imperatives

  what does Dulcitius tell the soldiers to do?
milites.
vox senioris nostri,
sed imago diaboli.
non subsistamus,
sed fugam maturemus:
fantasma vult nos pessumdare.

senioris: s.v. senior (in the sense of "commander")
imago: nominative singular

subsistamus, maturemus: hortatory subjunctives

fantasma: nominative singular

  how do the soldiers react when they hear Dulcitius' voice?
Dulcitius.
ad palatium ibo et,
quam abiectionem patior,
principibus vulgabo.
hostiarii,
introducite me in palatium,
quia ad imperatorem
habeo secretum.

quam: how
ibo...vulgabo: future tense

patior: deponent verb, takes object (abiectionem)

introducite: imperative

hostiarii = ostiarii: Dulcitius is now speaking to the doormen (ostium: door)

  where does Dulcitius go after the soldiers run away and desert him?
ostiarii.
quid hoc vile ac detestabile monstrum,
scissis et nigellis panniculis obsitum?
pugnis tundamus,
de gradu praecipitemus,
nec ultra huc
detur liber accessus.

vile...detestabile: neuter singular (agrees with monstrum)

panniculis: diminutive of pannis (s.v. pannus)
obsitum: s.v. obsero (in the sense of "covered with")

tundamus... praecipitemus: hortatory subjunctive

detur: jussive subjunctive
liber: masculine singular adjective (agrees with accessus)

  what do the doormen decide to do with Dulcitius?
Dulcitius.
vae, vae!
quid contigit?
nonne
splendidissimis vestibus indutus
totoque corpore videor nitidus?
et quicumque me aspicit,
velut horribile monstrum fastidit!

nitidus: predicate adjective, agreeing with subject of videor (ego)

 

  does Dulcitius understand why people are treating him this way?

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Modern Languages 4970 / MRS 4903: Medieval Latin. Spring 2003 Online Course at the University of Oklahoma. Visit http://www.ou.edu/online/ for more info.
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