BOOK THE FOURTH
3. Chapter III
So saying, she placed a case in his hand, containing a row of pearls of some
size and price. It was so much the custom for persons about to be married
to receive these gifts, that Glaucus could have little scruple in accepting
the necklace, though the gallant and proud Athenian inly resolved to requite
the gift by one of thrice its value. Julia then stopping short his thanks,
poured forth some wine into a small bowl.
'You have drunk many toasts with my father,' said she smiling--'one now with
me. Health and fortune to your bride!'
She touched the cup with her lips and then presented it to Glaucus. The
customary etiquette required that Glaucus should drain the whole contents;
he accordingly did so. Julia, unknowing the deceit which Nydia had
practised upon her, watched him with sparkling eyes; although the witch had
told her that the effect might not be immediate, she yet sanguinely trusted
to an expeditious operation in favor of her charms. She was disappointed
when she found Glaucus coldly replace the cup, and converse with her in the
same unmoved but gentle tone as before. And though she detained him as long
as she decorously could do, no change took place in his manner. 'But
to-morrow,' thought she, exultingly recovering her
disappointment--'to-morrow, alas for Glaucus!'
Alas for him, indeed!