From AN 8.54:
Sir, we are laypeople who enjoy sensual pleasures and living at home with our children. We use sandalwood imported from Kāsi, we wear garlands, perfumes, and makeup, and we accept gold and money.
May the Buddha please teach us the Dhamma in a way that leads to our welfare and happiness in this life and in future lives.”
It’s funny. When I first started reading the suttas all I could see was the repetition. But once you get used to that, there are these wonderful passages that evoke the scene and the characters so well, and with such brevity.
What are your favorite passages for these great characterizations?