Mercator est in taberna. Mercator est Marcellus. Marcellus (first names unknown) is a charming merchant who does business in a toga shop in Pompeii. He is good and honest, always giving his customers the right price. His togae are pulcherrimae but he is often a victim of maltreatment by his customers. Metella described a toga of his as sordida, even after he had cleaned it and readied it for his rude guest. Even after he retrieved another toga from his stock he was relentlessly bullied by Metella and Melissa into selling it for but thirty denarios. Oh poor Marcellus. What is he to do?