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“And how much, pray,” asked Critobulus, laughing, “would your property fetch at a sale, do you suppose, Socrates, and how much would mine?”

“Well, if I found a good buyer, I think the whole of my goods and chattels, including the house, might readily sell for five minae.1 Yours, I feel sure, would fetch more than a hundred times that sum.”

1 A little more than 20 pounds.

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