Cleo loves Darius, a penniless poet, but her father, the noble Sportus, sets his face against the match. Markus, the father of Thinus, and Pompus. The parent of Fatus, each desires his son to marry Cleo. The fathers each bring a bag of gold to Sportus, declaring that it is to be the marriage portion of their sons. Sportus thereupon orders Cleo to choose between Thinus and Fatus. Cleo begs Darius for advice. An inspiration causes the poet to suggest that the rival suitors don boxing gloves and fight it out. Their sporting blood aroused, Markus and Pompus agree. Each wagers the gold that was to have been his son's marriage portion. Sportus is stakeholder. While the battle waxes furious, Darius and Cleo steal away and are married. Fatus and Thinus using fists, teeth and feet, fight until exhausted. With a final desperate effort each hits the other a blow. Both are knocked out. At this moment, the lovers return and announce their marriage. In consternation, Markus and Pompus demand the ...
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