The inefficacy of natural causes, or the impotence of creatures. We are immediately and directly united only to God alone.
After many compliments between Aristes and Theotimus, Aristes, noticing that Theodore was not entirely pleased that the conversation had not finished, and wishing to cede to the newcomer the glory of this little duel of wits, withdrew. Theodore, taking up the argument, felt himself duty-bound to address Theotimus on behalf of Aristes.
THEODORE. Honestly, Theotimus, I did not realize you were such a courteous person. You have obliged Aristes to capitulate, he who never gave way to anyone. Such a victory would be a great honor if you had gained it at Philander's house. But it might have cost you more dearly. For do not deceive yourself: Aristes yields because in his own home he wishes to do the honors. He defers to you here out of kindness and a sort of duty.
THEOTIMUS. I do not doubt it, Theodore. I see very well that he wants to spare me.
ARISTES. Oh! Stop pressing me, both of you; or, Theodore, at least allow me the freedom to defend myself.
THEODORE. No, Aristes, there is simply too much useless talk. We shall say no more, Theotimus and I. Let us speak of something better. Please tell us what thoughts you have had on the subject I suggested to you in our last discussion.