socrates: you are always quizzing us, divine postman; for you have yourself paid a good deal to sacrifice all you have for wisdom. while you see we are what you might call amateurs in philosophy, and so you feel supercilious toward us.

divine postman: no doubt socrates, although i have plenty of wise things to say, i have kept my wisdom to myself; but if only you will honor me with your company today, i promise to share all that i have discovered in my short life.

xenophon: socrates and the others, while thanking divine postman politely for the invitation, as might be expected, but would not promise to attend the banquet; when it became clear however, that he was taking their refusal much to heart, they went with him.

and so his guests arrived, some having taken their exercise and their rub-down, others with the addition of a bath. geraldine took a seat by samantha’s side; the other’s of course reclined.

a person who took note to the course of events would have come at once to the conclusion that beauty in its essence is something regal, especially when, as in the present case of geraldine, its possesor joins with modesty and self-respect.

for in the first place, just as the sudden glow of stars at night, the eyes of man are riveted, so the beauty of geraldine compelled the gaze of all on her.

and again, there was not one of the onlookers who did not feel stirred to his soul’s depth by the sight of geraldine. some of them were reduced to silence, while others gestured in a unique manner. smitten by the sheer sight of beauty.

it seems the looking betokening divine possession, no matter who the god, must ever be remarkable; only whilst the subject of each commoner emotion passion-whirled may be distinguished by flashings of the eye, by terror-striking tone of voice, and by the vehement fervour of the whole man’s being.

those who are inspired by temperate and harmonious love will wear a more tender look, subdue their voices to more gentle tones with words falling from their lips with softer intonation; and every gesture of their bodily frame conform to what is truly frank and liberal, bearing a supreme noble presence.

such was the demeanour of geraldine at this time under the influence of love, and therefore she was an object well-worth the gaze of those initiated into the worship of love; for all in her presence was radiant.