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The Wrestler of Philippi free pdf Excerpt from The Wrestler of Philippi: A Tale of the Early Christians Why, such an amulet is priceless!" "But where did you lose it, child?" "What a question!" laughing merrily now. "If I knew that, would I be crying here? It was hanging from a cord of silver wire about my neck but a day or two ago, and now it is gone that is all I can tell you." "Have you looked for it?" "Yes, everywhere." "Well, well! crying will not bring it back, and the gods hate tears. Besides, I am so hungry, Salome!" He spoke in pleading tones, like a schoolboy, (or he knew this would conquer her- and it did. "Very well," she said promptly, "light the brazier then, and I will steep you a cup from the chocolate beans you brought home yesterday. Then there are dates, oatcake, and fish. Will these serve you?" "Excellently well, sister- only make haste." And quite restored to good-humor now, Salome skipped away on light feet to bestir her one little slave, Persis, to these pleasant household tasks. Left alone. Hector threw himself on the divan of sail-cloth, made in imitation of the rich couches draped in silk and gold stuffs much affected in the houses of the Roman nobles, and was soon in sad reflection, which plowed a deep line between his wide-set blue eyes. Because he was a Wrestler, and therefore used to sights of blood and suffering in the arena, did not seem, so far, to make his heart less tender to his own- and presently, as memory after memory of his lost brother, Herklas, rose before him, long sighs shook his close-knit figure from head to foot. Herklas had been such a beautiful boy, and only six months in the toga virilis. which marked the Roman youths coming into mans estate at fifteen. To be sure, he had never taken to the Olympic games, as had Hector, and had shrunk visibly from the often frightful spectacles which had been introduced into them since the Romans ruled- but he was no coward he had proved that often enough in many an adventure of boyish daring and skill. It was only his instinctive good-heartedness that shrank from blows and bloodshed, not because he himself feared their hurt. Then where could such a form be found in these degenerate days, outside the statues of the masters? Hector recalled him as he had lain at meat, the last morning he was with them. He had been full of his fun and nonsense, selecting choice bits from the platter for Salome, and laughing gayly as she eagerly received them. He had never been selfish, never sullen nor severe this wellloved brother. But there had been times when his whole nature seemed to revolt against the license and wickedness of the age, and he had dared sometimes even to criticise the gods, and wonder at the tyranny of emperor, praetors, and priests. Could spies have listened and reported these words, and was he in durance because of them? Certainly there could be no truth in the suspicion of his masters that he had been led away by the obscure and singular sect they called Christians! Hector turned himself nervously about, the old couch creaking beneath his tall, sinewy frame, and just then Salomes welcome face appeared, as she drew aside an inner curtain and announced supper. He rose with a quick motion, as if thrusting sad thoughts far from him, and strode into the next room, where a modest board was laid in the shape of a crescent, with a broad divan surrounding it, except at the opening, which gave room for the servant to enter and pass the dishes Inside the half circle. The brother and sister always ate together, for Hector loved and tenderly cherished his one female relative, who had indeed been half spoiled by her doting brothers. By mutual consent the subject of the brother now gone for over a fortnight, was not resumed at first, nor that of the lost amulet. Instead, Hector told of a new throw he had been practicing at the gymnasium, and Salome grew cheerful chatting over.

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Author : Fannie Ellisworth Stone Newberry
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 133075431X
EAN : 9781330754313
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 118 pages
Age + : 5-9 years
Language : English
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