Juliet tells Sidney that last night, she attended her first Literary Society meeting. The speaker was Jonas Skeeter. He was a new member who read The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Skeeter was clearly unhappy to be there and eviscerated his friend who convinced him to join the society. Then, he insisted that Marcus Aurelius himself was a brooding woman more concerned with his own thoughts than actually doing anything. Eventually, Skeeter and his friend left for the local pub. Juliet says that Dawsey laughed, but everyone else said that it was a pretty normal meeting.
Everyone's insistence that this is a perfectly normal Society meeting indicates that the Society is very interested in how individuals connect with different works, both in terms of connecting with people in their lives and the text itself. This allows them to achieve a more in-depth discussion and analysis of how the text fits into the lives of the readers.