I wrote this piece during my 3rd term of the Marcus Aurelius school. My goal was self-instruction through dramaturgy, to capture the voice of Seneca’s excellent letters on virtue. Seneca wrote these letters to various friends and confidants expressing the principles of Stoic philosophy in practical terms. The largest extent collection we have is his letters to Lucilius. Rather than insert myself into this venerable and enlightening conversation, I invented an imaginary interlocutor, Pugilius. Anything the reader finds enlightening in this exercise can be attributed to the Stoic school and the wisdom of the imitated author Seneca. Anything that grates on the ear or rings false is the fault of the actual author.