Horace 2.6

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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 town mouse. The town
mouse doesn't eat any of the food that the country mouse provides him with, and eventually,
the town mouse asks the country mouse to come back to the town where he will experience
the high life.
b) Horace immediately creates much a huge sense of opulence after the two mice arrive through
use of singular words of description that make the wealth outstandingly obvious. The
description of a typical wealthy Roman household also indicates opulence in this passage.
The first word that Horace uses to describe the household that the two mice walk into is
"wealthy." This outright word states that the house they are in is definitely wealthy, and
prepares the audience for wealth.
He describes the surroundings of the house in intricate detail, describing the covers that are
"steeped in scarlet dye" The colour scarlet was an indication in Roman times that you were
extremely wealthy, and seeming as this household have the material on the "ivory couch" it is
demonstrative that there is large amounts of opulence. Also, the use of the words
"shimmered" and "expensively" heighten the sense of affluence that Horace is trying to portray.
Another way that Horace portrays opulence well is through his description of the amount of
food, and how a "great dinner" was laid out in front of the mice. Horace really goes to town
with the description of the amount of food by saying that it was "piled in baskets" and that
there were "several courses." The exemplification of so many courses shows that the owners
of the house must have a lot of money, because they have left this much food out on the table.
There is also opulence displayed by the house owners, when the house is described. The
mice dashed down the "long hall" and dodged through the "great house." I think that this,

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Horace creates a great sense of opulence in this
passage.
c) Horace's life philosophy was summed up by the words "be master of onesself." The satires
that he writes are of a kindly nature, whilst also telling the audience that they should `carpe
diem.…read more

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