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I especially love coming across something that, even in the original language, strikes me as completely contemporary, such as the "Why haven't I seen you before?" exchange above.

In particular, I remember reading Aristophanes' play The Wasps in Greek class, which begins with two slaves having a conversation:
"How can you fall asleep on the job? Don't you know what kind of a monster we've got imprisoned here?"

"Of course I know what kind of a monster we've got imprisoned here."

"O.K. You know what kind of a monster we've got imprisoned here, and I know what kind of a monster we've got imprisoned here, but [assuredly gesturing to the audience] all these people don't know what kind of a monster we've got imprisoned here!"

I read that and about fell over. Self-reflexive acknowledging the audience in the awkward exposition scene for comedic effect is at least 2,500 years old! Seriously, if I did that gag in a translated production today, the critics would lambast me for adding cheap jokes.

Hah! Nothing new under the sun, like the bitter old preacher said.

Reading Aristophanes is odd! It's like half jokes that you could imagine in a sitcom today, and half incomprehensible ones*, with IIRC a sprinkling of fart and poop jokes. (Been a while since I read him, I'm going to have to put some in my to read pile.)

The one I recall most vividly is a character inviting others over to supper saying, "Come over to my place and...I'll shut the door in your face!" with a footnote saying this sort of "expect one thing but instead the person says something else" was a really common kind of joke at the time and the audience would have wet themselves over it, and there's me sitting there thinking, "I guess you had to be there."

Fart and poop jokes are always reliable. Catullus makes them, too, and he's supposedly a serious poet.

To quote Scott Kurtz, "Farts are art."

I had to read over that second line twice after reading your explanation before I got that the guy was saying "You never called for me before."

Having complete faith in your work... buuuuut, not wanting to risk an actual human. I can identify with that! "I believe in this wholeheartedly!--so long as there's nothing at stake."

Perhaps it hurts? Cutting off someone's head and then putting is back on must be horribly painful. And Dedi probably knows that, since he's done it before. Perhaps it's important in the story to note that Dedi is a good person who doesn't want to harm others?

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