OF THE VALUE AND BEAUTY OF ORDER, AND THE USE OF THINGS, AS TAUGHT BY Ischomachus TO HIS WIFE.
AND did you observe, Ischomachus, said I, that these words of yours stirred your wife to greater earnestness?
Yes, said he, most assuredly so; indeed, I well remember the pain and blushes it cost her, when once I asked for something that had been brought into the house, and she could not find it. However, when I saw her annoyance, I said, Never mind, good wife, this is nothing, your not being able to give me what I happen to ask you for. It is, of course, "poverty indeed, not to have what you need;" but to need a thing, and just not to be able to find it, which is your case now, is not nearly so bad as never to think of looking for it, because you are sure that it is nowhere to look for. Now, however, you are not to blame, but I am, for not having told you as I gave you