OF THE HOUSE OF ISCHOMACHUS AND ITS ORDERING. HIS CHOICE OF A HOUSEKEEPER, AND ADVICE TO HIS WIFE AS MISTRESS OF THE HOUSEHOLD.
AND how did it end? said I. Did you find that your wife paid any attention to what you so earnestly taught her?
Why, it ended thus; she promised to apply herself to it, and was evidently mightily pleased, just as if she had now left doubt behind her, and found all plain and straightforward. And so she begged me to lose no time in arranging everything in the way I had mentioned.
And what was the arrangement, Ischomachus, said I, that you made for her?
Of course I thought it best to begin by showing her over the house: for it had no decorations, Socrates, but all its rooms were built with a view to containing, with all possible convenience, everything that we were going to put in them; and so they suggested of themselves what they were most