Socrates: I went down yesterday
to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer
up my prayers to the goddess; and also because I wanted to see in
what manner they would celebrate the festival, which was a new thing.
I was delighted with the procession of the inhabitants; but that
of the Thracians was equally, if not more, beautiful. When we had
finished our prayers and viewed the spectacle, we turned in the
direction of the city; and at that instant Polemarchus the son of
Cephalus chanced to catch sight of us from a distance as we were
starting on our way home, and told his servant to run and bid us
wait for him. The servant took hold of me by the cloak behind, and
said: Polemarchus desires you to wait.
I turned round, and asked him where his master was.
There he is, said the youth, coming after you, if you will only
Certainly we will, said Glaucon; and in a few minutes Polemarchus
appeared, and with him Adeimanteus, Glaucon's brother, Niceratus
the son of Nicias, and several others who had been at the procession.
Polemarchus said to me: I perceive, Socrates, that you and our
companion are already on your way to the city.
Socrates You are not far wrong, I
Polemarchus: But do you see how many
Socrates: Of course.
Polemarchus: And are you stronger
than all these? for if not, you will have to remain where you are.
Socrates: May there not be the alternative,
I said, that we may persuade you to let us go?
Polemarchus: But can you persuade
us, if we refuse to listen to you? he said.
Glaucon: Certainly not.
Polemarchus: Then we are not going
to listen; of that you may be assured.
Adeimantus: Has no one told you of
the torch-race on horseback in honor of the goddess which will take
place in the evening?
Socrates: With horses! I replied:
That is a novelty. Will horsemen carry torches and pass them one
to another during the race?
Polemarchus: Yes and not only so,
but a festival will he celebrated at night, which you certainly
ought to see. Let us rise soon after supper and see this festival;
there will be a gathering of young men, and we will have a good
talk. Stay then, and do not be perverse.
Glaucon: I suppose, since you insist,
that we must.
Socrates: Very good, I replied.