The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Symposium by Xenophon:|
things to say, I have kept my wisdom to myself; but if only you will
honour me with your company to-day, I promise to present myself in
quite another light; you will see I am a person of no mean
consideration after all.
 Or, "I will prove to you that I am worthy of infinite respect."
Socrates and the others, while thanking Callias politely for the
invitation, were not disposed at first to join the dinner party; but
the annoyance of the other so to be put off was so obvious that in the
end the party were persuaded to accompany their host.
After an interval devoted to gymnastic exercise (and subsequent
anointing of the limbs) by some, whilst others of them took a bath,