By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walter Crane
Pleasant retelling of six Greek myths to a crowd of vigorous little ones by way of a grasp storyteller. contains The Gorgon's Head, The Golden contact, The Paradise of kids, the 3 Golden Apples, and The brilliant Pitcher. quite a few black and white illustrations by way of famous illustrator Walter Crane liven up the narrative. compatible for a long time nine and up.
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On a platform, within full view of the balcony, sat the mighty King Polydectes, amid his evil counselors, and with his flattering courtiers in a semicircle round about him. Monarch, counselors, courtiers, and subjects, all gazed eagerly towards Perseus. "Show us the head! " shouted the people; and there was a fierceness in their cry as if they would tear Perseus to pieces, unless he should satisfy them with what he had to show. " A feeling of sorrow and pity came over the youthful Perseus. " yelled the people, more fiercely than before.
Repeated Perseus. "Yes, my sister," said the stranger. "She is very wise, I promise you; and as for myself, I generally have all my wits about me, such as they are. If you show yourself bold and cautious, and follow our advice, you need not fear being a stone image yet awhile. " This seemed to Perseus rather an odd beginning of the adventure; for he thought it of far more consequence that the shield should be strong enough to defend him from the Gorgon's brazen claws, than that it should be bright enough to show him the reflection of his face.
Quick, quick! before they can clap the eye into either of their heads. " In an instant, while the Three Gray Women were still scolding each other, Perseus leaped from behind the clump of bushes, and made himself master of the prize. The marvelous eye, as he held it in his hand, shone very brightly, and seemed to look up into his face with a knowing air, and an expression as if it would have winked, had it been provided with a pair of eyelids for that purpose. But the Gray Women knew nothing of what had happened; and, each supposing that one of her sisters was in possession of the eye, they began their quarrel anew.