8 the irony of the situation made cephalus smile

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 2 pages.

workmen, the architect, invalids, priests, merchants, and wounded soldiers. 8 The irony of the situation made Cephalus smile. Memor complained about his work never stopping, yet here it was the third hour, and Memor was still sleeping. Cephalus tried to hide the smile to keep his patron from learning that he did not believe Memor was overworked. 9 Cephalus stated that Memor’s reasons for coming to work at Bath were to provide cures for the invalids and to impose Roman civilization on the Britons. Cephalus did not mean this seriously. He was needling Memor. If Memor truly cared about either of these tasks, he would not be in bed, casually dismissing the wounded
soldiers and delaying the construction of the baths, whose architectural magnificence could only impress the Roman way of life on the Britons. 10 According to Memor himself, his real goals were to make friends with powerful and famous men. He had found it hard to achieve what he wanted because there were few influential and powerful Romans in Britain. 11 territus , invītus show how Cephalus was feeling when he left Memor’s bedroom. 12 When he arrived in the baths, he found a crowd of invalids waiting and shouting loudly, and also many workmen cursing the absent Memor. 13 eōs omnēs Cephalus dīmīsit tells us that Memor’s order was obeyed.

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture