BOOK THE FOURTH
7. Chapter VII
'Say not so,' replied Sallust, who felt but little resentment against the
Athenian's accuser, for he possessed no great austerity of virtue, and was
rather moved by his friend's reverses than persuaded of his innocence--'say
not so, my Egyptian! so good a drinker shall be saved if possible. Bacchus
'We shall see,' said the Egyptian.
Suddenly the bolts were again withdrawn--the door unclosed; Arbaces was in
the open street; and poor Nydia once more started from her long watch.
'Wilt thou save him?' she cried, clasping her hands.
'Child, follow me home; I would speak to thee--it is for his sake I ask it.'
'And thou wilt save him?'
No answer came forth to the thirsting ear of the blind girl: Arbaces had
already proceeded far up the street; she hesitated a moment, and then
followed his steps in silence.
'I must secure this girl,' said he, musingly, 'lest she give evidence of the
philtre; as to the vain Julia, she will not betray herself.'