On the morning of the sixth day the postman brought him a thin letter from the editor of THE PARTHENON. A glance told him that "Ephemera" was accepted.
The acceptance of THE PARTHENON had recalled to him that during his five days' devotion to "Overdue" he had not heard from Brissenden nor even thought about him.
Away off, across the undulating Plain of Attica, could be seen a little square-topped hill with a something on it, which our glasses soon discovered to be the ruined edifices of the citadel of the Athenians, and most prominent among them loomed the venerable Parthenon
. So exquisitely clear and pure is this wonderful atmosphere that every column of the noble structure was discernible through the telescope, and even the smaller ruins about it assumed some semblance of shape.
It was after an hour or so of this that he dropped into the bar of the Parthenon
for one last drink before going to dinner.
A woman's arm touched the soul of a great sculptor two thousand years ago, so that he wrought an image of it for the Parthenon
which moves us still as it clasps lovingly the timeworn marble of a headless trunk.
Thus of the genius of one remarkable people we have a fourfold representation: and to the senses what more unlike than an ode of Pindar, a marble centaur, the peristyle of the Parthenon
, and the last actions of Phocion?
Further on, some remains of a gigantic aqueduct; here the high base of an Acropolis, with the floating outline of a Parthenon
; there traces of a quay, as if an ancient port had formerly abutted on the borders of the ocean, and disappeared with its merchant vessels and its war-galleys.
Since he had been at Lynn's he had often gone there and sat in front of the groups from the Parthenon
; and, not deliberately thinking, had allowed their divine masses to rest his troubled soul.
Its emblems and symbols have been found in the Catacombs of Paris and Rome, on the stones of the Parthenon
and the Chinese Great Wall, among the temples of Karnak and Palmyra and in the Egyptian Pyramids -- always by a Freemason.
He met me at Athens, one day, in the Parthenon
, and told me he was distressed for an idea.
But not the Parthenon
, not the frieze of Phidias at any price; and here comes the victoria."
The young man thought of the little sister frisking over the Parthenon
and the Mount of Olives and sharing for two years, the years of the school-room, this extraordinary pilgrimage of her parents; he wondered whether Goethe's dictum had been justified in this case.