And many of us friends conferring about, and detesting the turbulent turmoils of human life, had debated and now almost resolved
on living apart from business and the bustle of men; and this was to be thus obtained; we were to bring whatever we might
severally procure, and make one household of all; so that through the truth of our friendship nothing should belong especially
to any; but the whole thus derived from all, should as a whole belong to each, and all to all. We thought
there might be some often persons in this society; some of whom were very rich, especially Romanianus our townsman, from
childhood a very familiar friend of mine, whom the grievous perplexities of his affairs had brought up to court; who was the
most earnest for this project; and therein was his voice of great weight, because his ample estate far exceeded any of the
rest. We had settled also that two annual officers, as it were, should provide all things necessary, the rest being undisturbed.
But when we began to consider whether the wives, which some of us already had, others hoped to have, would allow this,
all that plan, which was being so well moulded, fell to pieces in our hands, was utterly dashed and cast aside. Thence we
betook us to sighs, and groans, and our steps to follow the broad and beaten ways of the world; for many thoughts were in
our heart, but Thy counsel standeth for ever. Out of which counsel Thou didst deride ours, and preparedst Thine own; purposing
us meat in due season, and to fill our souls with blessing.