love to train, to ripen their minds—to unfold
the sweet blossom of their hidden passions,
in order to ptepare the fruit to my taste.
loathe your ready-made and ripened courte-
sans; iL is in the soft and unconscious prog-
in which I re-youth myself. But enough of
this: to the subject before us. You know,
then, that in SOt11e time since I en-
ful of the trust.
'l'he youth, docile and mild,
yielded readily to the impression I sought to
stamp upon him. Next to woman, I love the
take a lesson from your wisdom. But old recollect ions n
surroundeti the open gate. Here
" soleann faith of Isis. I unfolded to him
themselves before a small table spread with something of those sublime allegories which
dishes contain ing fruit and eggs, and various are couched beneath her worship. I excited
cold meats, With vases Of excellent wine, Of in a soul ecnliarly alive to ns
of wisdom. He is horror-struck that he is
" said Arbaces, in a voice no longer duped ; our sage delusions, our
that scarcely stirred the air, so soft and in- speaking statues and secret staircases, dis-
ward was its sound.
' it Ire; ever Iu:en
THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII.
distrust: whatever the wishes of the mind,
the animal frame was well fitted to execute
them; the wiry muscles of the throat, the
broad chest, the nervous hands and lean
gaunt arms, which were bared above the
Always prophesy good fortune, unless there
is an absolute impossibility of its fulfilment."
Besides," added Calenus,
if the storm
and are tl.
or at least
be more at rest ill tac "'hell he ts at
the bottom of it ? "
Right, my Calen us; I wish Apæcicles
Mistresses," said Calenus, as a livid grin
distorted his ungainly features.
Yes, I do not disguise it; woman is the
main object, the great appetite, of my soul.
As you feed the victim for the slaughter, I
love to rear the votaries of my pleasure. I
oracles the inspirations of that malevolent
spirit of which eastern tradition speaks. Our
oracles—alas ! we know welt whose inspira-
tions Bley are."
This is what I feared," said Arbaces,
musingly, from various reproaches he made
me when I last saw him. Of late he hath