What happens when a menstruating woman looks at a mirror? Exactly why is it that toddlers never ever dream? If questions like these distract you, read this.
Honestly, it is not very good at all. To put the clean stuff clearly, Aristotle believes that dreams are impressions left over from the day-time, akin to the sun temporarily burning a spot onto the retina. One can relate this to the dimension of Platonic objects but you probably wont. Quick & easy to read, maybe it will give you more authority or just more chutzpah when Dreams are the topic of talk.
Available freely online at Wikisource.
The title is accurate. Reading through this book gives the sense of aristocratic people standing around conversing, akin to cocktail parties. This is the strongest impression it left on me, an impression of oral story telling transcribed. Alternatively, it is a dose of the reality before the ‘meritocracy of modernity’ held social apogee, because although a bad businessman is described, it is an uncritical description. Perhaps the 1st 3rd of the book was rather good, after that it declined into small witticisms about forgotten celebrities. Some readers are surely curious about certain poets; Lord Byron, Shelley and others are discussed by their contemporary Cpt. Gronow. Old-fangled language can be collected, quidnunc has entered my own vocabulary. Brevity of chapters enhances a light reading, which is the approach I recommend.