The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Symposium by Xenophon:|
Bless me, that isn't all (continued Socrates); if we do not take care,
we shall win ourselves a comic reputation. A relish must it be, in
very truth, that can sweeten cup as well as platter, this same onion;
and if we are to take to munching onions for desert, see if somebody
does not say of us, "They went to dine with Callias, and got more than
their deserts, the epicures."
 Lit. "I warrent you! (quoth Socrates) and there's another funny
notion we have every chance of getting fathered on us."
 Or, "and had a most hilarious and herbaceous time."
No fear of that (rejoined Niceratus). Always take a bite of onion
before speeding forth to battle, just as your patrons of the cock-pit