As to secrecy; princes are not bound to communicate all matters, with all counsellors
; but may extract and select.
I could see many of the younger Counsellors
start back in manifest horror, as the Sphere's circular section widened before them.
It does not appear, from all you have said, how any one perfection is required toward the procurement of any one station among you; much less, that men are ennobled on account of their virtue; that priests are advanced for their piety or learning; soldiers, for their conduct or valour; judges, for their integrity; senators, for the love of their country; or counsellors
for their wisdom.
Having determined thus far, it remains that we consider whether all these different employments shall be open to all; for it is possible to continue the same persons always husbandmen, artificers, judges, or counsellors
; or shall we appoint different persons to each of those employments which we have already mentioned; or shall some of them be appropriated to particulars, and others of course common to all?
"Monsieur," replied the neighbor, "those on the right are the counsellors
of the grand chamber; those on the left, the councillors of inquiry; the masters in black gowns, the messires in red."