The Economist of Xenophon

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CHAPTER XVIII.

OF REAPING, THRESHING, AND WINNOWING.

WELL then, continued I, after this it is likely I we shall have a harvest: so teach me, if you can, something about this too.

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Yes, said he, unless you show yourself about this too quite as learned as I. Well, the corn has to be reaped, -- you know that?

Of course, replied I.

When you are reaping it, he asked, would you stand with your back or your face to the wind?

I should not face the wind, I replied, for it would be troublesome, both for eye and hand, to reap with chaff and sharp ears of corn flying into one's face.

And would you only cut off the tops, he asked, or crop it close to the ground?

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If the stalks were short, I answered, I should cut it near the ground, that the straw may the rather be sufficient. But if long, I believe I

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Editor's Preface. ix
  • Translators' Preface. xlv
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 9
  • Chapter III 16
  • Chapter IV 22
  • Chapter V 30
  • Chapter VI 36
  • Chapter VII 41
  • Chapter VIII 53
  • Chapter IX 61
  • Chapter X 67
  • Chapter XI 72
  • Chapter XII 80
  • Chapter Xlll. 86
  • Chapter XIV 90
  • Chapter XV 93
  • Chapter XVI 97
  • Chapter XVII 101
  • Chapter XVIII 107
  • Chapter XIX 111
  • Chapter XX 118
  • Chapter XXI 126
  • Index 131
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