How much Ulysses endured on those long wanderings, when he submitted to the service even of
women (if Circe and Calypso may be called women)
and strove in every word to be courteous and complaisant to all! And, arrived at home, he brooked
even the insults of his men-servants and maidservants, in order to attain in the end the object of
his desire. But Ajax, with the temper he is represented as having, would have chosen to meet death
a thousand times rather than suffer such indignities!
If we take this into consideration, we shall see
that it is each man's duty to weigh well what are1
his own peculiar traits of character, to regulate these
properly, and not to wish to try how another man's
would suit him. For the more peculiarly his own
a man's character is, the better it fits him.