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a) In the scenes preceding this passage, the town mouse has been invited to dine at the country

mouse's house (in the country.) The country mouse is usually frugal with the food that he eats,

but with his guest, he decides that the fine food can be left for the…

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coupled with the description of the food and the expensive fabrics that are draped around the

house, makes it easy to conclude that Horace creates a great sense of opulence in this


c) Horace's life philosophy was summed up by the words "be master of onesself." The satires



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