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acounts of the great esteem Eutropius entertained of me,
from the testimony he had borne of my parts) that he * would introduce me to him; adding, that he was a great * encourager of merit, and that I might depend upon his favour.
I was with little difficulty prevailed on to accept of this invitation. A late hour therefore the next evening being appointed, I attended my friend Lucilius to the
minister's house. He received me with the utmost ( civility and cheerfulness, and affected so much regard to me, that I, who knew nothing of these high scenes of
life, concluded I had in him a most disinterested friend, 6 owing to the favourable report which Lucilius had made (of me. I was however soon cured of this opinion ; for "immediately after supper our discourse turned on the
injustice which the generality of the world were guilty of in their conduct to great men, expecting that they 5 should reward their private merit, without ever endea(vouring to apply it to their use. What avail (said
Eutropius) the learning, wit, courage, or any virtue which "a man may be possessed of to me, unless I receive some
benefit from them? Hath he not more merit to me, who
doth my business and obeys my commands, without any of " these qualities? I gave such entire satisfaction in my "answers on this head, that both the minister and his
creature grew bolder, and after some preface, began to accuse Timasius. At last, finding I did not attempt to
defend him, Lucilius swore a great oath, that he was not " fit to live, and that he would destroy him. Eutropius 6 answered, that it would be too dangerous a task: Indeed,
says he, his crimes are of so black a dye, and so well • known to the emperor, that his death must be a very
acceptable service, and could not fail meeting a proper "reward: but I question whether you are capable of ex'ecuting it. If he is not, cried I, I am ; and surely, no
man can have greater motives to destroy him than myself: for, besides his disloyalty to my prince, for whom I have
so perfect a duty, I have private disobligations to him. I ' have had fellows put over my head, to the great scandal of
the service in general, and to my own prejudice and disappointment in particular.-I will not repeat you my whole speech : but to be as concise as possible, when we parted
that evening, the minister squeezed me heartily by the • hand, and with great commendation of my honesty, • and assurances of his favour, he appointed me the next • evening to come to him alone; when finding me, after a " little more scrutiny, ready for his purpose, he proposed to
me, to accuse Timasius of high treason; promising me o the highest rewards, if I would undertake it. The con• sequence to him, I suppose, you know, was ruin : but
what was it to me? Why truly, when I waited on • Eutropius, for the fulfilling his promises, he received me
with great distance and coldness: and on my dropping some hints of my expectations from him, he affected not to understand me; saying, he thought impunity was the • utmost I could hope for, on discovering my accomplice, “whose offence was only greater than mine, as he was in • a higher station ; and telling me, he had great difficulty to obtain a pardon for me from the emperor, which, he said, he had struggled very hardly for, as he had worked the discovery out of me. He turned away, and addressed • himself to another person.
"I was so incensed at this treatment, that I resolved revenge, and should certainly have pursued it, had he ' not cautiously prevented me, by taking effectual means to dispatch me soon after out of the world.
• You will, I believe, now think I had a second good • chance for the bottomless pit, and indeed Minos seemed
inclined to tumble me in, till he was informed of the • revenge taken on me by Rodoric, and my seven years
subsequent servitude to the widow; which he thought sufficient to make atonement for all the crimes a single
life could admit of, and so sent me back to try my 6 fortune a third time.'
CHAPTER XI. In which Julian relates his adventures in the character of
an avaricious Jew.
• The next character in which I was destined to appear
in the flesh was that of an avaricious Jew. I was born "in Alexandria in Egypt. My name was Balthazar.
Nothing very remarkable happened to me till the year of the memorable tumult, in which the Jews of that city are reported in history to have massacred more Chris
tians than at that time dwelt in it. Indeed, the truth is, - they did maul the dogs pretty handsomely; but I • myself was not present, for, as all our people were • ordered to be armed, I took that opportunity of sell+ ing two swords, which probably I might otherwise • never have disposed of, they being extremely old and rusty: so that, having no weapon left, I did not care
to venture abroad. Besides, though I really thought it • an act meriting salvation to murder the Nazarenes, as
the fact was to be committed at midnight, at which time, to avoid suspicion, we were all to sally from our own houses, I could not persuade myself to consume so much oil in sitting up to that hour: for these reasons • therefore I remained at home that evening.
I was at this time greatly enamoured with one · Hypatia, the daughter of a philosopher; a young lady
of the greatest beauty and merit: indeed, she had every imaginable ornament both of mind and body. · She seemed not to dislike my person: but there were
two obstructions to our marriage, viz. my religion and her poverty: both which might probably have been got over, had not those dogs the Christians murdered her; and, what is worse, afterwards burnt her body: 'worse I say, because I lost by that means a jewel of
some value, which I had presented to her, designing, "if our nuptials did not take place, to demand it of her back again.
Being thus disappointed in my love, I soon after left · Alexandria, and went to the Imperial city, where I apprehended I should find a good market for jewels on the approaching marriage of the emperor with • Athenais. I disguised myself as a beggar on this
journey, for these reasons: first, as I imagined I shonld • thus carry my jewels with greater safety; and secondly, * to lessen my expences: which latter expedient succeeded
so well, that I begged two oboli on my way more than • my travelling cost me, my diet being chiefly roots, and 'my drink water.
But, perhaps, it had been better for me if I had been ' more lavish, and more expeditious : for the ceremony was over before I reached Constantinople; so that I lost that glorious opportunity of disposing of my jewels, with which many of our people were greatly enriched.
The life of a miser is very little worth relating, as it is one constant scheme of getting or saving money, I shall therefore repeat to you some few only of my adventures, without regard to any order.
A Roman Jew, who was a great lover of Falernian wine, and who indulged himself very freely with it, came to dine at my house; when knowing he should meet with little wine, and that of the cheaper sort, sent me in half
-a-dozen jars of Falernian. Can you believe I would not
give this man his own wine? Sir, I adulterated it so, that I made six jars of them; three, which he and his
friend drank; the other three I afterwards sold to the 6 very person who originally sent them me, knowing he I would give a better price than any other.
A noble Roman came one day to my house in the country, which I had purchased, for half the value, of a
distressed person. My neighbours paid him the compli6 ment of some music, on which account, when he departed, he left a piece of gold with me to be distributed among them. I pocketed this money, and ordered them a small vessel of sour wine, which I could not have sold for above
two drachmas, and afterwards made them pay in work • three times the value of it.
"As I was not entirely void of religion, though I pre• tended to infinitely more than I had, so I endeavoured to • reconcile my transactions to my conscience as well as 6 possible. Thus I never invited any one to eat with me, - but those on whose pockets I had some design. After + our collation, it was constantly my method to set down - in a book I kept for that purpose what I thought they
owed me for their meal. Indeed, this was generally a
hundred times as much as they could have dined else4 where for; but, however, it was quid pro quo, if not ad 6 valorem. Now, whenever the opportunity offered of - imposing on them, I considered it only as paying myself 6 what they owed me: indeed, I did not always confine
myself strictly to what I had set down, however extra• vagant that was; but I reconciled taking the overplus • to myself as usance.
But I was not only too cunning for others, I sometimes over-reached myself. I have contracted dis• tempers for want of food and warmth, which have put 'me to the expense of a physician; nay, I once very