you examine his conduct in the light of practical utility you will find that he
determined wisely; but if from family pride you scorn Phormio as stepfather, see
if it be not absurd for you to speak thus. For, if one were to ask you what sort
of a man you deem your father to have been, I am sure that you would say,
“an honorable man.” Now, then, which of you two do you think
more resembles Pasio in character and in manner of life, yourself or Phormio? I
know well that you think Phormio does. Then do you scorn this man who is more
like your father than you are yourself, just because he has married your mother?