This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 Excerpt: ...to find the lady whom I honoured by my choice was sa much a fool as to prefer a tall and handsome noodle, to myself." "Our friend Halycus, the painter, seems not unhappily wed," said Artaxes, the diviner; "Cyme is a sweet and tender wife." "Yes, seems so to other men," said Mystes; "but he who wears the handsome shoe knows where it pinches, and it is certain that since his marriage Halycus' aim in art has been less high and more time-serving. Slavery of matrimony! to doom a man to paint the workmanship of tailors--fashion's slaves!--instead of the fair work of Zeus!" "It is certain that women in some things are beyond the reach of reason," said Hemocrates, who in spite of his pompous airs could not get his wife to believe him superlatively wise. "And as to tall men, why a woman's eye's insatiable; 'twould take the whole world to content it, so usually she takes a big man when she has the power; yet many a little man may himself truly call Epaphroditus." Here Hemocrates thought was a fair chance of proposing to Mystes a thing that had long been in his mind; so taking him aside, he said,--"I have a sister come to nubile years." g% "Yes, twenty years ago," muttered Mystes. KLrrtiq "You shall have her to wife, and so no longer will the people scoff at you for a childless bachelor. You said you liked her well, and you are not at all unpleasant in her eyes." The favourite of Venus. "Her dowry," said Mystes, "will be ".. "Her gentle blood," said Hemocrates. "You know we're of the Lydian Royal Stock." "Blood is good, my lord, yet in a pudding 'tis of av--little use without its meed of suet; so let.rfslr us say no more-" My...
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