The sage was reclining in his favourite spot, unheeding of the bustling tavern. One of his drinking fellows approached without being noticed.
“Ho!” called the merry patron to his old friend “Are you here or elsewhere?”
Straightening, the sage seemed to return to his surroundings and smiled
“I am here, but I confess my thoughts are far away”
His friend winked at him and sat down heavily on the adjacent seat
“Carthage” replied the sage primly
“Ah” said his friend “Good drink, let’s have a little of it here” and poured two cups overflowingly with deep ruby wine.