Classic Scene #57: Spartacus

Image for Classic Scene #57: Spartacus

CRASSUS **(Lying in his bath):* Fetch your stool, Antoninus. (Antoninus fetches the stool) *In here with it... That will do... Do you steal, Antoninus?

ANTONINUS (He begins rubbing Crassus’ back): No master.

CRASSUS: Do you lie?

ANTONINUS: Not if I can avoid it.

CRASSUS: Have you ever dishonoured the gods?

ANTONINUS: No master.

CRASSUS: Do you refrain from these vices out of respect for... moral virtues?

ANTONINUS: Yes master.

CRASSUS (After a long pause): Do you eat oysters?

ANTONINUS: When I have them master.

CRASSUS: Do you eat snails?

ANTONINUS: No master.

CRASSUS: Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?

ANTONINUS: No master.

CRASSUS: Of course not... It is all a matter of taste.

ANTONINUS: Yes master.

CRASSUS: And taste is not the same as appetite, and therefore not a question of morals, is it? (He begins to get out of the bath)

ANTONINUS: It could be argued so master.

CRASSUS: My robe, Antonius. (Antoninus dresses him, Crassus gives him a sidelong glance). My taste includes both snails and oysters...