In the opening scene of The Birds, friends Pithetareus and Eulepides
EUELPIDES (to his jay) Do you think I should walk straight for
PITHETAERUS (to his crow) Cursed beast, what are you croaking to
me?...to retrace my steps?
EUELPIDES Why, you wretch, we are wandering at random, we are exerting
ourselves only to return to the same spot; we're wasting our time.
PITHETAERUS To think that I should trust to this crow, which has
made me cover more than a thousand furlongs!
EUELPIDES And that I, in obedience to this jay, should have worn
my toes down to the nails!
PITHETAERUS If only I knew where we were....
EUELPIDES Could you find your country again from here?
PITHETAERUS No, I feel quite sure I could not, any more than could
Execestides find his.
PITHETAERUS Aye, aye, my friend, it's surely the road of "alases"
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