Gerog Ebers The Emperor

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The Emperor

 
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Excerpt: ... breathless and it suddenly struck them that he was Pollux and she Arsinoe, and that she must get back again to her father and the children. "Come home," she said softly, and as she spoke she dropped her arm and began to gather up her loosened hair. "Yes, yes," he said as if in a dream. He released her, struck his hand against his brow, and turning to the open cella of the temple he said: "Long have I known that thou art mighty O Dionysus, and that thou O Aphrodite art lovely, and that thou art sweet O Eros! but how inestimable your gifts, that I have learnt to-day for the first time." "We were indeed full of the deity," said Arsinoe. "But here comes another procession and I must go home." "Then let us go by the Little Harbor," answered Pollux. "Yes-I must pick the leaves out of my hair and no one will see us there." "I will help you-" "No, you are not to touch me," said Arsinoe decidedly. She grasped her abundant soft and shiny hair, and cleared it of the leaves that had got entangled in it, as tiny beetles do in a double flower. Finally she hid her hair under her veil, which had slipped off her head long since, but, almost by a miracle, had caught and remained hanging on the brooch of her peplum. Pollux stood looking at her, and overmastered by the passion that possessed him, he exclaimed: "Eternal gods! how I love you! Till now my soul has been like a careless child, to-day it is grown to heroic stature.-Wait-only wait, it will soon learn to use its weapons." "And I will help it in the fight," she said happily, as she put her hand through his arm again, and they hurried back to the old palace, dancing rather than walking. The late December sun was already giving warning of his approaching rising by cold yellowish-grey streaks in the sky as Pollux and his companion entered the gate, which had long since been opened for the workmen. In the hall of the Muses they took a first farewell, in the passage leading to the steward's room, a...

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