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OR LUCIAN'S CAREER
No sooner had I left off school, being then well on in my teens, than my father and his friends began to discuss what he should have me taught next. Most of them thought that higher education required great labour, much time, considerable expense, and conspicuous social position, while our circumstances were but moderate and demanded speedy relief; but that if I were to learn one of the handicrafts, in the first place I myself would immediately receive my support from the trade instead of continuing to share the family table at my age ; besides, at no distant day I would delight my father by bringing home my earnings regularly.
The next topic for discussion was opened by raising the question, which of the trades was best, easiest to learn, suitable for a man of free birth, required an outfit that was easy to come by, and offered an income that was sufficient. Each praised a different trade, according to his own judgement or experience ; but my father looked at my uncle (for among the company was my uncle on mv mother's side, who had the reputation of being an excellent sculptor) and said: " It isn't right that any other