* Book : Gorgias
Persons of the dialogue: Callicles; Socrates; Chaerephon; Gorgias; Polus
Scene: The house of Callicles.
Callicles. The wise man, as the proverb says, is late for a fray, but not for a feast.
Socrates. And are we late for a feast?
Callicles Yes, and a delightful feast; for Gorgias has just been exhibiting to us many fine things.
Socrates It is not my fault, Callicles; our friend Chaerephon is to blame; for he would keep us loitering in the Agora.
Chaerephon. Never mind, Socrates; the misfortune of which I have been the cause I will also repair; for Gorgias is a friend of mine, and I will make him give the exhibition again either now, or, if you prefer, at some other time.
Callicles What is the matter, Chaerephon-does Socrates want to hear Gorgias?
Chaerephon Yes, that was our intention in coming.
Callicles Come into my house, then; for Gorgias is staying with me, and he shall exhibit to you.
Socrates Very good, Callicles; but will he answer our ques- tions? for I want to hear from him what is the nature of his art, and what it is which he professes and teaches; he may, as you [Chaerephon] suggest, defer the exhibition to some other time.