The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from On Revenues by Xenophon:|
cannot fail to exercise an attractive force on all. From the mariner
and the merchant upwards, all seek her, flocking they come; the
wealthy dealers in corn and wine and oil, the owner of many cattle.
And not these only, but the man who depends upon his wits, whose skill
it is to do business and make gain out of money and its employment.
And here another crowd, artificers of all sorts, artists and artisans,
professors of wisdom, philosophers, and poets, with those who
exhibit and popularise their works. And next a new train of
pleasure-seekers, eager to feast on everything sacred or secular,
which may captivate and charm eye and ear. Or once again, where are
all those who seek to effect a rapid sale or purchase of a thousand