CONCERNING THE TRAINING OF STEWARDS.
BUT when you have ever so firmly impressed on any one, said I, that he must needs be careful wherever you would have him be so, will such an one be able then and there to act as steward; or will he have to learn something besides, if he is to be an able steward?
Yes, indeed, said Ischomachus; there is still something left for him to understand -- both what is to be done, and when and how to do it; if not, how is a steward without this knowledge of more use than a physician who would care for a patient, attending him early and late, yet was ignorant as to what treatment would be for his patient's good?
But if he have also learnt how farm-work is to be done, said I, will he need anything besides, or will your steward now be perfect?
I think he should learn, said he, to manage the labourers.