. "Are you
then unlucky?" Yes. "Are you thoroughly unfor-
tunate?" Yes. "Well; but you must really regard
yourself as miserable." But this is no part of the assumption, and there is a power who forbids me [to
How far, then, are we to carry such analogies? As
far as is useful; that is, till we go farther than is reasonable and fit.
Moreover, some are peevish and fastidious, and say,
I cannot dine with such a fellow, to be obliged to
hear him all day recounting how he fought in Mysia.
"I told you, my friend, how I gained the eminence."
There I begin to suffer another siege. But another
says, " I had rather get a dinner, and hear him prate
as much as he pleases."
Do you decide between these opinions; but do not
let it be with depression and anxiety, and the assumption that you are miserable, for no one compels you
to that. Is there smoke in my house? If it be moderate, I will stay; if very great, I will go out. For
you must always remember, and hold to this, that the