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all that sort of thing; Love is the lord of the house within
him, and orders all the concerns of his soul.
That is certain.
Yes; and every day and every night desires grow up many
and formidable, and their demands are many.
They are indeed, he said.
His revenues, if he has any, are soon spent.
Then come debt and the cutting down of his property.
When he has nothing left, must not his desires, crowding
in the nest like young ravens, be crying aloud for food; and
he, goaded on by them, and especially by love himself, who
is in a manner the captain of them, is in a frenzy, and would
fain discover whom he can defraud or despoil of his property,
in order that he may gratify them?
Yes, that is sure to be the case.
He must have money, no matter how, if he is to escape
horrid pains and pangs.
And as in himself there was a succession of pleasures, and
the new got the better of the old and took away their rights,
so he being younger will claim to have more than his father
and his mother, and if he has spent his own share of the prop-
erty, he will take a slice of theirs.
No doubt he will.
And if his parents will not give way, then he will try first
of all to cheat and deceive them.
And if he fails, then he will use force and plunder them.
And if the old man and woman fight for their own, what
then, my friend? Will the creature feel any compunction at
tyrannizing over them?
Nay, he said, I should not feel at all comfortable about his
But, O heavens! Adeimantus, on account of some new-
fangled love of a harlot, who is anything but a necessary con-
nection, can you believe that he would strike the mother who
is his ancient friend and necessary to his very existence, and
would place her under the authority of the other, when she
is brought under the same roof with her; or that, under like
circumstances, he would do the same to his withered old
father, first and most indispensable of friends, for the sake