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ot marked by that strictness in the social relations of the sexes which had lace at a later period. In the herioc ages of Greece, women were not ept in such strict seclusion, nor was their restriction to their own part of ne house so rigidly enforced as afterwards. From the circumstances nder which Iothales and her brother had been brought up, such convenional limitations as characterised the times were likely to be interpreted -rith the utmost laxity that was consistent with propriety, and Philokalos vho had been accustomed to the almost uninterrupted society of his sister, aw no reason why she should now be deprived of it, or why she should be ondemned to solitude, because of the presence of a guest who was likely to -- se his friend and companion in arms. Iothales, therefore, was much in the society of her brother and his friend ; she accompanied them in such

ambles as were within the limits of her powers, and together with them - she would share the pleasures of conversation, of music, and of song.

The manner and demeanour of Philokalos could not escape the observant eye of his sister, although she was totally unable to fathom the cause.

She could neither fail to notice the general depression and -- melancholy which seemed to have fastened upon him, nor yet the occasional

outbursts of merriment which seemed too forced and too different from his usual manner, to be the genuine products of lightness and gaiety of heart. She remarked in particular that he never now broke out into any

enthusiastic expressions concerning the anticipated glories and achievements of the Trojan war, and she feared that he had some secret cause of sorrow or anxiety on his mind which he would not impart to her. In conversation Philokalos, while he still seemed fond of relating or listening to tales of heroic achievement, yet did so without his former animation and enthusiasm, and if ever he accompanied the lyre in song, his strain was of a pensive and tender character, which seemed rather to befit one to whom the strife and glories of battle fields had ceased to present any personal interest, than a young chief burning to signalise his first essay in

The character of Philokalos seemed quite incomprehensible to Iphitus. The pensive dreaminess and the uncertainty of purpose, which were so conspicuous in his young host, were things which he could not account for, and he would not always have been able to repress a feeling of contempt at what seemed to him mere weakness, but for the proofs which Philokalos gave him on their hunting excursions, that he was by no means deficient in courage and physical energy, and in their conversations, that he possessed a considerable share of ready wit and acuteness, when the occasion was such as to stimulate him to their exercise. The growing feeling too of desire for the society of Iothales, induced Iphitus to think as favourably as possible of the failings, as he deemed them, of her brother ; and so it happened that the three went on enjoying each other's society, and apparently so well pleased with their present condition, that none of them seemed in haste to change it, although the Trojan expedition was still assumed in all their conversations as a definite and understood arrangement.

But it was clear that of the three, Iphitus was the one who was likely to tire the soonest of their present mode of life, and to long for some fresh excitement and adventure. It seemed probable that when he had exhausted the sports and recreations of the island, he would run to the Tro an outlet for his restless energy, and sometimes he already be utterance to remarks parporting that, in his opinion, they d-ferred their expedition sufficiently long.


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from that which they wore on the preceding day. His mind seemed to be no longer in harmony with the beauty of external nature, or attuned to her music. The calming influence of her loveliness had no place in a mind overborne and intoxicated by a vision of such wild and unearthly beauty as now exercised its sway over all the powers and faculties of Philokalos, He was as one who has left the spring of pure water for the delirious excitement of the wine cup, and disdains the wholesome beverage which was wont to satisfy and refresh him. He approached his home in a mechanical sort of way, conscious of the familiar objects about him, and of the sensations and feelings connected with them which still remained in his memory, but yet scarcely able to identify himself with the self of yesterday, so great was the change which the lapse of a few hours had wrought in his temper and disposition.

Hitherto the current of his feelings and the tendency of his life had heen uniform and consistent. To pursue the career of a hero, to win honour on the tented field, and to add his own name to those which adorned the honourable records of his house, seemed to be alike the career which destiny had assigned to him, and which his own ambition had chosen. In this channel his thoughts and desires had hitherto flowed uniformly and without obstruction, and now a new and malign influence had hurried him from his destined course with an irresistible power; as a vessel which sails upon smooth water with a favourable breeze, holds her course calmly and prosperously, until a sudden and unexpected eddy whirls her away before she has time to trim her sails or adjust her rudder, and the eye which had followed her smooth and steady movements with pleasure, sees with dismay the impetuous velocity by which she is carried headlong in a totally different direction.

In spite, however, of the distinct consciousness which Philokalos felt that the career which he now felt desirous to renounce was the one which duty and honour alike called upon him to adopt, he felt nothing like repentance or a wish to return to his former frame of mind. He knew that he was enchanted, and he did not wish the spell to be removed; he felt that he was intoxicated and delirious, and he did not desire to be sane or sober ; he was conscious that he was a slave, and he would rather have died than be released from his chains. The resplendent beauty of Ægle was ever before his mind, and in the presence of that vision all other considerations were forgotten.

The absence of her brother for a night was of sufficiently common occurrence to prevent Iothales from feeling apprehension or alarm on that account. She knew that sometimes a hunting excursion or even a mere ramble would sometimes lead him so far from home that he would be fain to make his bed upon the soft herbage, and sheltered by the shade of thick trees; yet, knowing the plans which had been uppermost in his mind at the time of his leaving home on the present occasion, she was somewhat surprised at his prolonged absence, and looked with some anxiety for his return. The hours which in their rapid flight had swept away and erased from the mind of her brother all vestiges of his former desires and of his settled plans, had been to her a period of some suffering, and of quiet yet heroic effort. When the momentary stimulus which had enabled her to enter into her brother's views and to confirm his conclusions was passed, and when she no longer saw the light of his eye, and heard the animating tones in which he spoke of the splendid destinies that awaited him, her own enthusiasm began to cool, and she began to experience a feeling of dismay at the prospect of breaking up the happy and peaceful home where her quiet days had hitherto passed so securely, and of living at the house of a stranger while her brother was exposed to all the dangers of the most sanguinary war which had been wagtd within the memory of the living ; and when she watched from the window his figure retiring amongst the distant trees, the desolation of loneliness began already to exert its chill influence upon her heart. In spite of the just and candid resolution by which she had before forced herself to acquiesce in what was so repugnant to her own inclinations, now that she was left alone, and her imagination began to realize the separation which seemed to be approaching, she could not help feeling a secret wish that something might yet occur to defeat or delay the execution of the scheme, and imagining to herself plausible reasons for desiring such an event. But her clear judgment and sense of right again triumphed. Amidst all the feelings of loneliness and through all the depression of spirits which weighed upon her, she still struggled successfully to maintain the same just conclusion at which she had before arrived. She decided that the time had come when her brother was to give up the quiet happiness of the home of his youth, and to make himself a name among men, and that it was her part to cherish his honourable ambition with her sympathy, and to animate him in his career by an enthusiasm which should mate and rival his own. The effort required a sacrifice and a suppression of feeling; but Iothales determined that it should be made. How would the embarrassment of Philokalos at the prospect of meeting his sister have been increased, could he have become acquainted with all that had passed through her mind during his absence, and could he have known the difficulty of the effort by which she had resolved to cheer and animate him in that course from which he had been so easily turned by the first dazzling temptation which had come in his way.

The arrival of the stranger had, as Philokalos had hoped, the effect of creating a diversion which deferred the necessity of confessing to his sister the great change which had taken place in his desires and inclinations. Iothales also found in so unaccustomed an event as the presence of this guest, some relief to the tension of mind which was the result of her constant efforts to look unflinchingly at the doubtful prospect which lay before her. To these motives for the feelings of satisfaction with which both brother and sister regarded the arrival of Iphitus, was added the no less powerful

which consisted in his own temper and disposition. His temperament was of that gay and elastic character wbich permits not gloom or melancholy to live in its presence, and which imparts something of its own energetic life to all around. Under its influence Iothales often forgot her sorrows, and though the enchantment under which Philokalos lay was not to be broken so easily, yet even he could not always resist the contagion of the stranger's genial cheerfulness, and forgetting his imaginative dream, he would sometimes join with apparent relish in the athletic game, the banquet, and the jest. But that which gave the most complete satisfaction to Philokalos, and to his sister a pleasure not less real although less distinctly recognised by herself, was the circumstance that Iphitus appeared to be in no great haste to accelerate their departure on the projected expedition. His disposition presented a striking contrast to that of Philokalos. He was gay, thoughtless, and impetuous. He indulged in no lofty dreams or poetical enthusiasm, but he had a physical energy and robustness which caused him to delight in constant action, and fitted him to shine in any scenes calculated to call forth the powers and energies of a man. He was always ready to embrace any scheme of daring adventure, and had eagerly engaged in the project of going to the Trojan war, but his fondness for present excitement and pleasure caused him to be easily led astray for a time from his main design, and he seemed to be in no haste to quit the island where he was now entertained as a guest so long as there were fresh regions of forest to be searched for game, fresh hills to climb, and fresh creeks and valleys to explore.

A further inducement to Iphitus to remain well-contented where he was, might perhaps have been found in the engaging and amiable demeanour of the fair Iothales. Hers were the charms which were calculated to fascinate such a one as Iphitus. The delicate and pensive style of beauty, and the refined softness of mind and person seemed to mark the disposition which required a generous heart and a strong arm for its support and protection, and these qualities appealed not in vain to the open and candid temper of Iphitus, Nor were his pleasing and genial qualities without their effect upon the unsophisticated and susceptible mind of the young maiden. Brought up in the constant society of her brother, and accustomed to see no other type of manly excellence than that which was presented to her by his poetical temperament, and visionary although noble enthusiasm, she could not fail to be charmed with the free and hilarious disposition of Iphitus, and although she tenderly loved her brother, and admired the lofty qualities which he possessed, she could not refrain from contrasting the comparatively frail and almost feminine delicacy of his character with the conscious strength, the self-reliance, and the unembarrassed vigour which predominated in every action of the stranger, whose temperament seemed to combine the qualities of noble generosity and manly strength, in a way which is seldom without its influence on the heart of woman.

With a quick and ready perception, Iothales saw that many of the qualities which their guest possessed were just those in which her brother was deficient, and she soon came to look upon him as one likely to be a valuable companion to her brother, by leading him into a life of action with less violence to his contemplative and sensitive character, than would otherwise have been the

She could not help also reflecting with a feeling of pleasure that such a companion in arms would be no small security to her brother's life in the strife in which they were going to engage, and when she looked at the broad chest and shoulders of Iphitus, heard his deep-toned voice, and hearty laugh, and noticed the evidences of great strength which were displayed in his every movement and action, she thought with exultation that if he were at the side of Philokalos in the height of combat, the enemy who should attempt to injure her brother would need to be confident in his resources and master of his weapons. The feeling of reliance upon the strength, energy, and determination of another, commonly in the heart of a woman, develops shortly into love ; and if Iothales was not conscious to herself of having arrived at this latter state, it was perhaps merely because her progress had been so gradual. At all events she had got to feel such a trust in their guest's unhesitating decision in all emergencies, and such a pleasure in his social joviality of disposition, that she found herself seeking and making opportunities of being in his society, to an extent of which she would never before have imagined herself capable.

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