And yet at the same time Naevius and Plautus, the first Latin comedians, had filled the city with all the borrowed scenes of Menander and Philemon. A rictus of cruel malignity lit up greyly their old bony faces. The lovely smell there was in the wintry air: the smell of Clane: rain and wintry air and turf smouldering and corduroy. " "Won't YOU tell, Douglas?" somebody else inquired.