The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates eBook

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have seen?  We go hence with souls full of love and uneasiness; and from this time forward we must obey Theodota in all she pleases to enjoin us.”  “If it be so,” said Theodota, “I must return you many thanks for your coming hither.”  Meanwhile Socrates took notice that she was magnificently apparelled, and that her mother appeared likewise like a woman of condition.  He saw a great number of women attendants elegantly dressed, and that the whole house was richly furnished.  He took occasion from hence to inform himself of her circumstances in the world, and to ask her whether she had an estate in land or houses in the city, or slaves, whose labour supplied the expenses of her family.  “I have nothing,” answered she, “of all this; my friends are my revenue.  I subsist by their liberality.”

Upon which Socrates remarked that “friendship was one of the greatest blessings in life, for that a good friend could stand one in stead of all possessions whatever.”  And he advised Theodota to try all her art to procure to herself some lovers and friends that might render her happy.  The lady asking Socrates whether there were any artifices to be used for that purpose, he answered, “there were,” and proceeded to mention several:—­“Some for attracting the regard of the men, some for insinuating into their hearts; others for securing their affections and managing their passions.”  Whereupon Theodota, whose soul then lay open to any impression, mistaking the virtuous design of Socrates in the whole of this discourse for an intention of another sort, cried out in raptures, “Ah!  Socrates, why will not you help me to friends?” “I will,” replied Socrates, “if you can persuade me to do so.”  “And what means must I use to persuade you?” “You must invent the means,” said Socrates, “if you want me to serve you.”  “Then come to see me often,” added Theodota.  Socrates laughed at the simplicity of the woman, and in raillery said to her, “I have not leisure enough to come and see you; I have both public and private affairs which take up too much of my time.  Besides, I have mistresses who will not suffer me to be from them neither day nor night, and who against myself make use of the very charms and sorceries that I have taught them.”  “And have you any knowledge in those things, too?” said she.  “Why do Apollodorus and Antisthenes,” answered Socrates, “never leave me? why do Cebes and Simmias forsake Thebes for my company?  This they would not do if I were not master of some charm.”  “Lend it me,” said Theodota, “that I may employ it against you, and charm you to come to me.”  “No,” said Socrates, “but I will charm you, and make you come to me.”  “I will,” said Theodota, “if you will promise to make me welcome.”  “I promise you I will,” answered Socrates, “provided there be nobody with me whom I love better than you.”


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