The Athenians, this gent­le­man conti­nued, were a peo­ple who had some simi­la­rity to us. They went cheer­fully about their busi­ness ; they liked a dash of mockery on the ros­trum as on the stage. The viva­city they put into their coun­cils car­ried over into the exe­cu­tion. The cha­rac­ter of the Lacedæmonians was som­ber, serious, cold, and taci­turn. You would not have got­ten more out of an Athenian by boring him than you would than from a Lacedæmonian by enter­tai­ning him.