'• Come vhither ?" she asked him,
" Ccme with me—only to my supper-table—for one hour;
my horses wait."
She threw the chain of stones at her feet.
" I have no hunger," she said, carelessly. " Go, ask
those that have to your feast."
And she gave no other phrase in answer to all the many
honeyed and persuasive words with which in vain he urged
her. that night and many another night, until he wearied.
One day. in the green outskirts of the city, passing by
under a gilded gallery, and a Avide window full of floAvers,
and hung with delicate draperies, there looked out the fair
head of a wc>man, with diamonds in the ears, and a shroud
of lace about it, while against the smiling scornful mouth a
jewelled hand held a rose; and a woman's voice called to
'• Has the "devil not heard you yet, that you still walk
barefoot iu the dust on the stones, and let the sun beat
on your head ? 0 fool! there is gold in the air, and
gold in the dust, and gold in the very gutter here, for a
And the face was the face, and the voice the voice, of the
gardener's wife of the old town by the sea.
She raised, to the gilded balcony above, her gi-eat sor¬
rowful musing eyes, full of startled courage: soon she com-
pirehended; aud then her gaze gave back scorn f r scorn.
" Docs that brazen scroll sliade you better than did the
trellised vine ? " she said, with her voice ascending clear iu
its disdain. "And are those stones in your breast any
brighter than the blue Avas in the eyes of your child?"
The woman abov(» cast the rose at her and laughed, and
withdrew from the casement.
She set her heel on the rose, and trod its leaves doAvu in
the dust. It Avas a yelloAV rose, scentless and comely—au
emblem of pleasure aud Avealth, She left it where it lay,
aud went ouAvard.
The sweet sins, and all their rich profits, that she might
take as easily as she could have taken the rose from the
dust, had no power to allure her.
The gilded balcony, the velvet couch, the jewels in the
ears, the purple draperies, the case and the afliuence and
the joys of the sights and the senses, these to her were as