QOTD: Cicero via Wheelock

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this quote. It’s quite amusing, at least to me:

Nasica ad poetam Ennium venit. Cum ad ianuam Ennium quaesivisset et serva respondisset eum in casa non esse, sensit illam domini iussu id diisse et Ennium vero esse in casa. Post paucos dies, cum Ennius ad Nasicam venisset et eum ad ianuam quaereret, Nasica ipse exclamavit se in casa non esse. Tum Ennius “Quid?” inquit, “Ego non cognosco vocem tuam?” Hic Nasica mero cum sale respondit: “Vae, homo es impudens! Ego, cum te quaererem, servae tuae credidi te non in casa esse; nonne tu mihi ipsi nunc credis?”

Nasica came to the poet Ennium. When he had asked for Ennium at his door, a servant girl answered that he was not in the house. After a few days, when Ennius came to Nasica, and he asked for him at his door, Nasica himself shouted to him that he was not in the house. Then Ennius said, “What? Do I not recognize your voice?” Nasica, with undiluted wit, answered thus, “Oh dear, you are and imprudent man! I, when I sought you, believed your servant that you were not in the house; will you not believe me myself?”

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