She scarcely heard. She only knew that here it was that
^rsl&n had declared that fame—or death—should come to
The golden cloud dissolved as she drew near to it. A
great city might be beautiful to others : to her it Avas only
as its gilded cage is to a mountain bird. The wilderness of
roofs, the labyrinth of streets, the endless walls of stone, the
ceaseless noises of the living multitute, these Avere horrible
to the free-bom blood of her; she felt blinded, caged, pent,
deafened. Its magnificence failed to daunt, its colour to
iharm, its pageantry to beguile her. Through the glad and
gorgeous ways she went, wearily and sick of heart, for the
rush of free Avinds and the width of free skies, as a desert-
born captive, with limbs of bronze and the eyes of the lion,
Avent fettered past the palaces of Rome in the triumphal
train of Africanus or Pompeius,
The little band with Avhich she travelled wondered what
her eyes so incessantly looked for, in that perpetual intent-
ness Avith which they searched every knot of faces that was
gathered together as a swarm of bees clusters in the sun¬
shine. They could not tell; they only saw that her eyes
never lost that look.
" Is it the Past or the Future that you search for always ? "
the shrewdest of them asked her.
She shuddered a little, and made him no answer. How
could she tell which it was ?—whether it would be a public
fame or a nameless grave that she would Ught on at the
She was a mystery to them.
She minded poverty so little. She was as content on a
draught of water and a bunch of cress as others are on
rarest meats and wines. She bore bodily fatigue with an
Arab's endurance and indifference. She seemed to care
little whether suns beat on her, or storms drenched her to
the bone; whether she slept under a roof, or the boughs
of a tree ; whether the people hissed her for a foreign thing
of foul omen, or clamoured aloud in the streets praise of her
perfect face. She cared nothing.
She Avas silent always, and she never smiled,
" I must keep my liberty!" she had said ; and she kept it.
By night she toiled ceaselessly for her new masters; do¬
cile, patient, enduring, laborious, bearing the yoke of this