Old Greek Stories: Third Reader Grade

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American Book Company, 1895 - Mythology, Greek - 208 pages
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Page 40 - There was a young girl in Greece whose name was Arachne. Her face was pale but fair, and her eyes were big and blue, and her hair was long and like gold. All that she cared to do from morn till noon was to sit in the sun and spin ; and all that she cared to do from noon till night was to sit in the shade and weave. And oh, how fine and fair were the things which she wove in her loom ! Flax, wool, silk — she worked with them all; and when they came from her hands, the cloth which she had made of...
Page 42 - She looked up and saw in the doorway a tall woman wrapped in a long cloak. Her face was fair to see, but stern, oh, so stern ! and her gray eyes were so sharp and bright that Arachne could not meet her gaze. " Arachne," said the woman, " I am Athena, the queen of the air, and I have heard your boast. Do you still mean to say that I have not taught you how to spin and weave ? "
Page 43 - Then let me tell you what we will do," said Athena. " Three days from. now we will both weave; you on your loom, and I on mine. We will ask all the world to come and see us; and great Jupiter, who sits in the clouds, shall be the judge. And if your work is best, then I will weave no more so long as the world shall last; but if my work is best, then you shall never use loom or spindle or distaff again. Do you agree to this ? " " I agree,
Page 75 - Once there lived in a cottage a very old man and woman and they had two children, a boy and a girl. The boy's name was Mikko and the girl's name was Liisa.
Page 43 - When the time came for the contest in weaving, all the world was there to see it, and great Jupiter sat among the clouds and looked on. Arachne had set up her loom in the shade of a mulberry tree, where butterflies were flitting and grasshoppers chirping all through the livelong day. But Athena had set up her loom in the sky, where the breezes were blowing and the summer sun was shining ; for she was the queen of the air. Then Arachne took her skeins of finest silk and began to weave. And she wove...
Page 45 - ... touched Arachne with the tip of the spear which she sometimes carried ; and the maiden was changed at once into a nimble spider, which ran into a shady place in the grass and began merrily to spin and weave a beautiful web. I have heard it said that all the spiders which have been in the world since then are the children of Arachne; but I doubt whether this be true.
Page 44 - ... looked on. Arachne had set up her loom in the shade of a mulberry tree, where butterflies were flitting and grasshoppers chirping all through the livelong day. But Athena had set up her loom in the sky, where the breezes were blowing and the summer sun was shining ; for she was the queen of the air. Then Arachne took her skeins of finest silk and began to weave. And she wove a web of marvelous beauty, so thin and light that it would float in the air, and yet so strong that it could hold a lion...
Page 45 - And yet, since you will never be happy unless you can spin and weave, I will give you a new form so that you can carry on your work with neither spindle nor loom." Then she touched Arachne with the tip of the spear which she sometimes carried ; and the maiden was changed at once into a nimble spider, which ran into a shady place in the grass and began merrily to spin and weave a beautiful web. I have heard it said that all the spiders which have been in the world since then are children of Arachne...
Page 42 - Who taught you to spin and weave so well?" some one asked. " No one taught me," she said. " I learned how to do it as I sat in the sun and the shade ; but no one showed me." " But it may be that Athena, the queen of the air, taught you, and you did not know it." " Athena, the queen of the air ? Bah ! " said Arachne. "How could she teach me? Can she spin such skeins of yarn as these? Can she weave goods like mine ? I should like to see her try.

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