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A young novel describing keen and inept younger love, Daphnis and Chloe tells the tale of a child boy and woman who're found individually, years aside, on my own and uncovered on a Greek mountainside. Taken in via a goatherd and a shepherd respectively, and raised close to town of Mytilene, they develop to adulthood ignorant of one another's life till the mischievous god of affection, Eros, creates in them a surprising overpowering hope for each other. A masterpiece between early Greek romances, attracting either excessive compliment and ethical disapproval, this paintings has proved an enduringly fertile resource of idea for musicians, writers and artists from Henry Fielding to Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Maurice Ravel. Longus transforms general topics from the romance style together with pirates, desires, and the supernatural right into a virtuoso love tale that's wealthy in perception, funny and ironical in its therapy of human sexual adventure.

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But Daphnis could not bring himself to feel cheerful now that he had seen Chloe naked and seen beauty revealed which had previously been hidden. He had a pain in his heaft as though it was being eaten away by poison. His very breathing was affected; sometimes he panted violently as if someone were chasing him, and sometimes he could hardly breathe at all, as if all his breath had been used up in the recent attack. That wash seemed to him more terrible than the sea. FIe felt as though his life was still at the mercy of the pirates; for he was young and lived in the country and as yet knew nothing of the piracy of Love.

They carried off a gre^t many sheep, a great deal of corn and wine - for the vintage was only just over - and several people who were rvorking in the fields. They also raided the fields where Daphnis and Chloe lived, and after making a surprise landing began to seize everything they could lay their hands on. Daphnis was riot grazing his goats at the time, but had climbed up into the wood and rvas cutting green leaves so as to have food to give the kids during the winter. Consequently he sa'\r/ the raid going on below, and hid in the trunk of a dty beech.

Tr DAPHNIS AND CHLOE Now one of the peasantsneeded a rope to haul up the stone that was us6d for crushing the grapes aftet they had been trodden down, as his old rope had broken. So he stole down to the sea,approached the unguarded yacht, untied the mooring-cable, took it home and used it for his own purposes. Next morning the young men from Methymna made a search for the cable, but as no one admitted the theft they said a few hard things about their hosts and sailed further on. After coasting along for about three miles they put in to shore near the fields in which Daphnis and Chloe lived, since the plain looked a splendid place for hunting hares.

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