The Persian, by the way, spoke of Erik sometimes as a demigod
and sometimes as the lowest of the low--"Poligny was superstitious and Erik knew it.
Did you forget that this great man, this hero, this demigod
, is attacked with a malady of the skin which worries him to death, prurigo?
With the noble poise of his handsome head upon those broad shoulders, and the fire of life and intelligence in those fine, clear eyes, he might readily have typified some demigod
of a wild and warlike bygone people of his ancient forest.
Just to have seen him there, lolling upon the swaying bough of the jungle-forest giant, his brown skin mottled by the brilliant equatorial sunlight which percolated through the leafy canopy of green above him, his clean-limbed body relaxed in graceful ease, his shapely head partly turned in contemplative absorption and his intelligent, gray eyes dreamily devouring the object of their devotion, you would have thought him the reincarnation of some demigod
But this is what I call the facetious riddle invented by you: the demigods
or spirits are gods, and you say first that I do not believe in gods, and then again that I do believe in gods; that is, if I believe in demigods
Their appearance, although it was not quite at ease, excited by its carelessness, at once full of dignity and submission, the admiration of D'Artagnan, who beheld in these two men demigods
, and in their leader an Olympian Jupiter, armed with all his thunders.
So long as Hector lived and Achilles nursed his anger, and so long as the city of Priam remained untaken, the great wall of the Achaeans stood firm; but when the bravest of the Trojans were no more, and many also of the Argives, though some were yet left alive--when, moreover, the city was sacked in the tenth year, and the Argives had gone back with their ships to their own country--then Neptune and Apollo took counsel to destroy the wall, and they turned on to it the streams of all the rivers from Mount Ida into the sea, Rhesus, Heptaporus, Caresus, Rhodius, Grenicus, Aesopus, and goodly Scamander, with Simois, where many a shield and helm had fallen, and many a hero of the race of demigods
had bitten the dust.
At intervals a couple would approach the doorway for air, and the haze no longer veiling their features, the demigods
resolved themselves into the homely personalities of her own next-door neighbours.
I adored indiscriminately all the tribes of nymphs and naiads, demigods
and heroes, as well as the high ones of Olympus; and I am afraid that by day I dwelt in a world peopled and ruled by them, though I faithfully said my prayers at night, and fell asleep in sorrow for my sins.
What he heard was no longer the philosophy of the dry, printed word, written by half-mythical demigods
like Kant and Spencer.
The apotheosis was worthy of these three heroes whom fable would have placed in the rank of demigods
The manner in which gods and demigods
and heroes and the world below should be treated has been already laid down.