The Banquet of the Ten Virgins continues, as Domnina rushes happily through a discourse on the story from Judges about the trees who elected a king.
(If you’re just starting this book, keep bearing in mind as you listen that chastity is the virtue of engaging in sex and employing your body and soul in it only in ways fitting to your state in life. So a wife having sex with her husband — in a fitting and not degrading way, not using him or being used by him as an object, and for the right reasons — is being chaste. And a virgin not having sex — and not doing anything perverse that’s up to and not including sex — is also being chaste. Anybody can be chaste, starting right where they are. Virginity, celibacy, etc. are all about specific states in life.)
Next week, Philosophy’s daughter, Arete (Virtue/Excellence), will round out this little symposium picnic with a discourse of her own.