Euclio now looks around for a place to hide his gold safely outside the house. He settles on the shrine of Fidēs (‘Trust’, ‘Credit’) – but unknown to him, he is overheard by a neighbouring slave, Strobilus.
EVC.: “ecce! fānum uideō.
EUC. “Look! I see a shrine.”
“quis deus fānī est? ā. Fidēs est.
“Who is the god of the shrine? aha! It is Faith.
“dīc mihi, Fidēs, tūne uīs mihi custōs bona esse?
“Tell me, Faith, do you yourself wish to be a good guardian for me?
“nam nunc tibi ferō omne aurum meum;
“For now I am carrying to you all my gold;
“aulam aurī plēnam bene custōdī, Fidēs!
“guard well the pot full of gold, Faith!
“prohibē fūrēs omnēs.
“Stop all thieves.
“nunc fānō tuō aurum meum crēdō.
“Now I entrust my gold to your shrine.
“aurum in fānō tuō situm est.”
“The gold is placed in your shrine.”
(Eucliō in aedīs redit.)
(Euclio returns [in]to (his) house.)
(in scaenam intrat Strobīlus seruus.)
(On to the stage enters the slave Strobilus.)
(omnia Eucliōnis uerba audit)
(He hears all Euclio’s words.)
STROBĪLUS: “dī immortālēs! quid audiō?
STROBILUS: “Immortal gods! What do I hear?
“quid dīcit homo?
“What is the man saying?
“What is he doing?
“aurumne fānō crēdit?
“Is he entrusting (his) gold to the shrine?
“aurumne in fānō situm est?
“Is the gold placed in the shrine?
“cūr in fānum nōn ineō et aurum hominī miserō auferō?”
“Why don’t I go into the shrine and steal the gold from [to the disadvantage of] the miserable man?”
(Strobīlus in fānum init.)
(Strobilus goes into the shrine.)
(Eucliō autem audit et domō exit.)
(Euclio, however, hears (him) and comes out of the house.)
(Strobīlum in fānō inuenit.)
(He finds Strobilus in the shrine.)
EVC. “ī forās, lumbrīce!
EUC.: “Come outside, worm!
“quārē in fānum clam inrēpis?
“Why are you secretly sneaking into the shrine?
“quid mihi ā fānō aufers, scelus?
“What are you taking from me [to my disadvantage] out of the shrine, criminal?
“What are you doing?”
(Eucliō statim hominī plāgās dat.)
(Euclio at once gives the man blows.)
STRO.: “quid tibi negōtī mēcum est?
STRO.: “What business do you have [is there to you] with me?
“cūr mē uerberās?”
“Why are you beating me?”
EVC.: “uerberābilissime, etiam mē rogās, fūr, trifūr?
“Most floggable (one), are you even asking me, (you) thief, (you) triple thief?
“quid mihi ā fānō aufers?”
“What are you taking from me [to my disadvantage] out of the shrine?”
STRO.: “nīl tibi auferō.”
STRO.: “I am taking nothing from you.”
EVC.: “age, redde statim mihi.”
EUC. “Come, give (it) back to me at once.”
STRO.: “quid uīs mē tibi reddere?”
STRO.: “What do you want me to give back?”
EUC.: “Do you ask?”
STRO.: “nīl tibi auferō.”
STRO.: “I take nothing from you.”
EVC.: “age, dā mihi.”
EUC.: “Come, give (it) to me.”
STRO.: “nīl habeō.
STRO.: “I have nothing.”
“quid uīs tibi?”
“What do you want [for yourself]?”
EVC.: “ostende mihi manum tuam.”
EUC. “Show [to] me your hand.”
STRO.: “tibi ostendō.”
STRO.: “I’m showing it to you.”
EVC.: “age, manum mihi ostende alteram.”
EUC.: “Come, show me your other hand.”
STRO.: “em tibi.”
STRO.: “There, (I show it) to you.”
EVC.: “uideō. age, tertiam quoque ostende.”
EUC.: “I see. Come, show me also your third (hand).”
STRO.: “homo īnsānus est!”
STRO.: “The man is crazy!”
EVC.: “dīc mihi, quid ā fānō aufers?”
EUC.: “Tell [to] me, what are you taking away from the shrine?”
STRO.: “dī mē perdunt!
STRO.: “The gods are destroying me!”
“nīl habeō, nīl ā fānō auferō!”
“I have nothing, I am taking nothing away from the shrine.”
EVC.: “age rūrsum mihi ostende manum dextram.”
EUC.: “Come show me your right hand again.”
EVC.: “nunc laeuam quoque ostende.”
EUC.: “now show your left (hand) as well.”
STRO.: “ecce ambās prōferō.”
STRO. “Look I hold out both.”
EVC.: “redde mihi quod meum est!”
EUC.: “Return to me what is mine!”
STRO.: “dīc mihi, quid mē uīs tibi reddere?”
STRO.: “Tell [to] me, what do you want me to return to you?”
EVC.: “certē habēs.”
EUC.: “Without a doubt you have it.”
STRO.: “habeō ego? quid habeō?”
STRO.: “I have it? What do I have?”
EVC.: “nōn tibi dīcō.
EUC.: “I am not telling [to] you.”
“age, redde mihi.”
“Come, return it to me.”
STRO.: “īnsānus es!”
STRO.: “You are mad!”
(Euclio gives up) EVC.: “periī. nīl habet homo.
(Euclio gives up) EUC.: “I’m lost. The man has nothing.
“abī statim, scelus!
“Leave at once, criminal!”
“cūr nōn abīs?”
“Why do you not leave?”
STRO.: “I’m leaving.”
(Eucliō in fānum init.)
(Euclio goes into the shrine.)
(aurum inuenit, et ē fānō portat.)
(He finds the gold, and carries it out out of the shrine.)
(In alterō locō clam cēlat.)
(He hides it secretly in another place.)
But Strobilus, determined to get revenge on Euclio, has kept an eye on Euclio, and this time steals the gold without giving himself away. Euclio enters in a paroxysm of grief and anger. After vainly appealing to the spectators for help, he is met by Lyconides, the young man responsible for Phaedra’s pregnancy (though Euclio does not know it). Phaedra has, in fact, given birth, so the marriage with Megadorus is off, and Lyconides has decided it is time to confess all to Euclio and ask for Phaedra’s hand in marriage. A delightful misunderstanding arises as to who has ‘laid his hands’ on what.
EVC.: “occidī, periī!
EUC.: “I’m dead! I’m done for!
“quō currō? quō nōn currō?
“Where do I run [to]? Where do I not run?