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[4] Then, Munatius says, Marcia, who was still living with Cato,1 spoke with her husband about the matter; and when it chanced that both men were invited to supper by Barca, Cato, who came late and after the others had taken their places, asked where he should recline; and when Barca told him to recline where he pleased, Cato looked about the room and said: ‘I will take my place by Munatius.’ So he went round and reclined by his side, but made no further show of friendship during the supper.

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