"Then why," Da Souza asked, looking up with twinkling eyes, "do you want to sell me a share in it?"
"Very well," he said, "if I give way, if I agree to your terms, you will be willing to make over this sixth share to me, both on your own account and on account of your late partner?"
With respect to offices, some are fixed to a particular time, so that no person is, on any account, permitted to fill them twice; or else not till some certain period has intervened; others are not fixed, as a juryman's, and a member of the general assembly: but probably some one may say these are not offices, nor have the citizens in these capacities any share in the government; though surely it is ridiculous to say that those who have the principal power in the state bear no office in it.
But our former description of a citizen will admit of correction; for in some governments the office of a juryman and a member of the general assembly is not an indeterminate one; but there are particular persons appointed for these purposes, some or all of the citizens being appointed jurymen or members of the general assembly, and this either for all causes and all public business whatsoever, or else for some particular one: and this may be sufficient to show what a citizen is; for he who has a right to a share in the judicial and executive part of government in any city, him we call a citizen of that place; and a city, in one word, is a collective body of such persons sufficient in themselves to all the purposes of life.
As far, therefore, as their superior wealth and weight may justly entitle them to any advantage, it ought to be secured to them by a superior share of representation.
Were their share of representation alone to be governed by this rule, they would have an interest in exaggerating their inhabitants.
But loss of blood had cooled my brain; and, perhaps, natural perversity had also a share
in the composure which grew upon me as it deserted my companion.
Three years ago we took Gell into the concern; we gave him a share
in the oil-mill.
And so without particularly analyzing all the contiguous sections of a cone and of the ranks of an army, or the ranks and positions in any administrative or public business whatever from the lowest to the highest, we see a law by which men, to take associated action, combine in such relations that the more directly they participate in performing the action the less they can command and the more numerous they are, while the less their direct participation in the action itself, the more they command and the fewer of them there are; rising in this way from the lowest ranks to the man at the top, who takes the least direct share
in the action and directs his activity chiefly to commanding.
I know how clear-sighted your dreams are; I therefore purchased immediately as many shares
as I could of the Haitian debt, and I gained 400,000 francs by it, of which 100,000 have been honestly paid to you.
I wish to buy, if possible, the whole of the shares
, and as many more as I can get brokers to sell.
To show how good a thing the senior partner thought it Macalister told Philip that he had bought five hundred shares
for both his sisters: he never put them into anything that wasn't as safe as the Bank of England.