A CHAPTER OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY
WHEN my childhood was over, and I had just left school,
my father called a council to decide upon my profession. Most
of his friends considered that the life of culture was very exacting in toil, time, and money: a life only for fortune's
favourites; whereas our resources were quite narrow, and
urgently called for relief. If I were to take up some ordinary
handicraft, I should be making my own living straight off,
instead of eating my father's meat at my age; and before
long my earnings would be a welcome contribution.
the handicrafts; it must be one quite easy to acquire,
respectable, inexpensive as regards plant, and fairly profitable.
Various suggestions were made, according to the taste and knowledge of the councillors; but my father turned to my mother's
brother, supposed to be an excellent statuary, and said to him:'With you here, it would be a sin to prefer any other craft;
take the lad, regard him as your charge, teach him to handle,
match, and grave your marble; he will do well enough; you
know he has the ability.' This he had inferred from certain
tricks I used to play with wax. When I got out of school, I used
to scrape off the wax from my tablets and work it into cows,
horses, or even men and women, and he thought I did it creditably; my masters used to cane me for it, but on this occasion
it was taken as evidence of a natural faculty, and my modelling
gave them good hopes of my picking up the art quickly.
So the next step was to select the most satisfactory of||2|
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Book title: The Works of Lucian of Samosata:Complete with Exceptions Specified in the Preface.
Contributors: F. G. Fowler - Translator, Lucian - Author, H. W. Fowler - Translator.
Publisher: Clarendon Press.
Place of publication: Oxford, England.
Publication year: 1905.
Page number: 1.
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