HOW Socrates FELL IN WITH ISCHOMACHUS, WHO TOLD HIM OF HOW HE TAUGHT HIS WIFE HER DUTIES, AND RECOUNTED HIS FIRST TALK WITH HER; OF THE DIVINE ORDERING OF THE WORLD, PARTICULARLY AS REGARDS MAN AND WIFE; AND OF THE INCREASING HONOUR IN WHICH THE GOOD WIFE IS HELD.
ONE day, then, I saw him sitting in the porch I of Zeus "That giveth us Freedom;" and as he seemed at leisure, I went up to him, and sitting me down beside him, Why, Ischomachus, said I, you are generally anything but an idle man; -- why are you sitting here? For I almost always see you busying yourself in something, or at any rate not sitting quite idle in the market-place all the day long.
Nor indeed had you seen me doing so now, 2 Socrates, said Ischomachus, had I not agreed to wait here for some friends.
And, pray, said I, when you have nothing of this kind to do, where do you spend your time, and what do you? For I am very anxious to learn of you what it may be that you do that