The Economist of Xenophon

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CHAPTER XV.

OF PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE IN STEWARDS: AND THE GENTLE COURTESY OF AGRICULTURE.

I WILL no longer ask you, said I, whether anything more is required in a man with such qualities as these. For any one in whom you create not only a wish for your prosperity, but a careful desire that your business be fully accomplished; to whom you give the gain of knowledge how each part of the farm-work might prove ever more profitable; who, further, has learnt from you how to manage the men under him, and more than all, in showing you that of the fruit of the earth there is in its season all possible abundance, feels a pleasure which is altogether equal to your joy at the sight, -- such an one would, I am sure, be already a steward of no insignificant value. And yet, Ischomachus, continued I, do not leave unexplained that part of our subject which has been most slightly touched upon.

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What may that be? asked Ischomachus.

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