The Lady Of Andros "Moderation In All Things"


"Moderation In All Things"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: This is the first play adapted by Terence from the Greek of Menander. A critic some four hundred years later gave as the argument, a kind of plot summary, the following: "Glycerium, erroneously supposed to be the sister of a courtesan from Andros, was seduced by Pamphilus and being with child received his promise to marry her. His father had already arranged a match for him with a daughter of Chremes, and on discovering his intrigue made as if the marriage were still to take place, hoping in this way to discover his son's real sentiments. Acting on the advice of Davus, Pamphilus raised no objection. When, however, Chremes found that Glycerium had given birth to a child, he broke off the match between his daughter and Pamphilus. Afterwards he discovers to his surprise that Glycerium is a daughter of his own and marries her to Pamphilus." With such an excess of emotions, it seems strange that one of the opening speeches should give us the proverb.

. . . As for the usual doings of young men, such as interesting themselves in keeping horses or hounds, or in philosophical lectures, he didn't pick out one of these above the rest, but still followed 'em all with moderation. I was delighted.
And quite rightly, Sir: I think the golden rule in life is moderation in all things.