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[70] The actor, for instance, to please his audience need not appear in every act to the very end; it is enough if he is approved in the parts in which he plays; and so it is not necessary for the wise man to stay on this mortal stage to the last fall of the curtain.1 For even if the allotted space of life be short, it is long enough in which to live honourably [p. 83] and well; but if a longer period of years should be granted, one has no more cause to grieve than the farmers have that the pleasant springtime has passed and that summer and autumn have come. For spring typifies youth and gives promise of future fruits; while the other seasons are designed for gathering in those fruits and storing them away.

1 Literally until (the words) “now applaud” (are spoken). All the plays of Terence and most of those of Plautus close with plaudite.

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