Always obey your parents, when they are present. This is the best policy in the long run, because if you don't they will make you. Most parents think they know better than you do, and you can generally make more by humoring that superstition than you can by acting onyour own better judgement.
In this bold portion what actually authors want to say. If I don't obey what they will make me? I am confused here. Another line baffled me, Being told I would be expected to talk here. What being told or who told. Could anyone help me to understand these lines above.