The Golden Asse eBook

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assurance that he need not to feare when as he might privily be let in and out in the night, without knowledge of any person.  When he thought, with these and other gentle words to allure and prick forward the obstinate mind of Myrmex he shewed him glittering gold in his hand, saying that he would give his mistresse twenty crowns and him ten, but Myrmex hearing these words, was greatly troubled, abhorring in his mind to commit such a mischiefe:  wherfore he stopped his eares, and turning his head departed away:  howbeit the glittering view of these crownes could never be out of his mind, but being at home he seemed to see the money before his eyes, which was so worthy a prey, wherefore poore Myrmex being in divers opinions could not tell what to doe, for on the one side lie considered the promise which he made to his master, and the punishment that should ensue if he did contrary.  On the other side he thought of the gaine, and the passing pleasure of the crownes of gold; in the end the desire of the money did more prevaile then the feare of death, for the beauty of the flowrishing crownes did so sticke in his mind, that where the menaces of his master compelled him to tarry at home, the pestilent avarice of gold egged him out a doores, wherefore putting all shame aside, without further delay, he declared all the whole matter to his Mistresse, who according to the nature of a woman, when she heard him speake of so great a summe she bound chastity in a string, and gave authority to Myrmex to rule her in that case.  Myrmex seeing the intent of his Mistresse, was very glad, and for great desire of the gold, he ran hastily to Philesiterus, declaring that his Mistresse was consented to his mind, wherefore he demanded the gold which he promised.  Then incontinently Philesiterus delivered him tenne Crownes, and when night came, Myrmex brought him disguised into his mistresses Chamber.  About Midnight when he and she were naked together, making sacrifice unto the Goddesse Venus, behold her husband (contrary to their expectation) came and knocked at the doore, calling with a loud voice to his Servant Myrmex:  whose long tarrying increased the suspition of his Master, in such sort that he threatned to beat Myrmex cruelly:  but he being troubled with feare, and driven to his latter shifts, excused the matter saying:  that he could not find the key:  by reason it was so darke.  In the meane season Philesiterus hearing the noise at the doore, slipt on his coat and privily ran out of the Chamber.  When Myrmex had opened the doore to his Master that threatned terribly, and had let him in, he went into the Chamber to his wife:  In the mean while Myrmex let out Philesiterus, and barred the doores fast, and went againe to bed.  The next morning when Barbarus awaked, he perceived two unknown slippers lying under his bed, which Philesiterus had forgotten when he went away.  Then he conceived a great suspition and jealousie in mind, howbeit he would not discover it to his wife, neither to any other
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