It was a relief to hear people commenting on how nice the room looked.
Even amidst the cares of the consulship he found time for commenting on the Categories of Aristotle.
Boetius in commenting upon Porphyry had already started the discussion as to the nature of universals.
Boetius ends by declining to adjudicate between Plato and Aristotle, remarking in a semi-apologetic style that, if he has expounded Aristotle's opinion by preference, his course is justified by the fact that he is commenting upon an introduction to Aristotle.
He lays no claim to the position of an original artist painting from life or commenting on the results of his own observation.