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Wolff's Synopsis of Longus's 'Daphnis and Chloe' W29-42 80712 in Large Print

Wolff's Synopsis of Longus's 'Daphnis and Chloe' W29-42 80712 in Large Print

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A synopsis of Longus's 'Daphnis and Chloe'. Source: Samuel Lee Wolff's "The Greek Prose Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction,' New York, 1912.
A synopsis of Longus's 'Daphnis and Chloe'. Source: Samuel Lee Wolff's "The Greek Prose Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction,' New York, 1912.

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Page 1 of 13 – Wolff’s Synopsis of Longus’s ‘Daphnis and Chloe’
Longus:
Daphnis and Chloe
Preface (Prooemium)Hunting on Lesbos, I saw in a beautiful grove a paintingrepresenting the incidents of a love-story, "the fortunes of Love":women in labour, nurses swathing new-born babes; infantsexposed; animals suckling them; shepherds carrying them away;young people embracing; an attack by pirates; an inroad by ahostile force. I procured an explanation of the series, and wroteout these four books an offering to the God of Love, to theNymphs, and to Pan.Book Ii-iii.Lamon, a goatherd upon an estate near Mitylene, found ina thicket one of his she-goats suckling a boy-baby, who layexposed in a very rich mantle, with a little ivory-hilted sword. Hetook the boy with the tokens home to his wife Myrtale, who agreedwith him to adopt the child. They named him Daphnis. iv-vi. Twoyears later Dryas, a neighbouring shepherd, found in a cavesacred to the Nymphs one of his ewes suckling a girl-baby, whobesides swaddling clothes had gilt sandals, golden anklets and ahead-dress wrought with gold. He took her with her tokens to hiswife, and they adopted her, calling her Chloe.vii-x.When Daphnis was fifteen and Chloe thirteen, theiadoptive fathers had on the same night a vision of a winged boywith bow and arrows, to whom the Nymphs presented Daphnis
Source: Samuel Lee Wolff’s ‘The Greek Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction,’ New York, 1912, pp. 29-42. 12 July, 2008 - 5:49:38 a7/p7
 
Page 2 of 13 – Wolff’s Synopsis of Longus’s ‘Daphnis and Chloe’
and Chloe, and who, touching them with one of his shafts, badethem follow the pastoral life. So they tended their flocks together in the springtime, and played in childlike peace, until Lovecontrived a serious interruption. xi-xii. Daphnis pursuing a goatfell into a pit that had been dug to catch a wolf, and was rescuedby Chloe with the help of a cowherd. He was so covered with mudand dirt that he must needs bathe. xiii-xvii. As Chloe helped towash him, she saw the beauty of his sunburned skin and felt thesoftness of his flesh, and so first experienced love. Shelanguished, lay awake, took no food, and soliloquized with manyantitheses and oxymora.Dorco the cowherd became enamored of Chloe, gave her many rustic gifts, and at length vied with Daphnis in argument asto whether Daphnis or he were the more beautiful - the prize to bea kiss from Chloe. Daphnis was the winner; and the kiss set hisheart on fire. He too languished and grew pale; he too soliloquizedwith (xviii) much oxymoron.xix-xxii.Dorco asked Dryas for the hand of Chloe, but wasrefused, as Dryas hoped for a better match. Thus thwarted, Dorcoresolved to carry off Chloe, and, in order to terrify her, clothedhimself in a wolf's skin and hid among the bushes near her pasture-ground. But her dogs scenting him attacked and bit himsorely, before Chloe, and Daphnis whom she had called, couldcome to his rescue. Both Daphnis and Chloe thought the disguisemerely an innocent jest on the part of Dorco. They collected their flocks, which had been scattered by the barking of the dogs, and,
Source: Samuel Lee Wolff’s ‘The Greek Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction,’ New York, 1912, pp. 29-42. 12 July, 2008 - 5:49:38 a7/p7
 
Page 3 of 13 – Wolff’s Synopsis of Longus’s ‘Daphnis and Chloe’
tired by the day's exertion, slept soundly that night despite their lovesickness.xxiii-xxvii.Now Daphnis and Chloe again tended their flockstogether in the growing summer heat, which still further inflamedthem. Chloe milked her ewes and she-goats, and crowned herself with a chaplet of pine. Daphnis bathed, and Chloe put on hisdress. They pelted each other with apples. Daphnis taught Chloeto play upon his pipe, and gained kisses at second hand bytouching quickly with his lips the places her lips had touched.Once when Chloe fell asleep at noonday, a grasshopper pursuedby a swallow dropped into her bosom, and the swallow flutteringover her awoke her. She screamed; but Daphnis laughed at her alarm, and with his hand took out the happy grasshopper, whichshe kissed and replaced in her bosom. At the sound of a ring-dove's cooing, Daphnis told Chloe the legend: how the dove wasonce a maiden, a tender of flocks, sweet-voiced; and how a youthcontending with her in song charmed away eight of her cows. Sheprayed to be transformed into a bird; the gods granted her prayer;and still she calls her cows, in vain.xxviii-xxx.In the early autumn, some Tyrian pirates descendedupon that coast. After a struggle with Dorco they drove off some of his oxen; and finding Daphnis alone upon the shore, carried himaway too, calling upon Chloe for help. She ran to Dorco, who,sore wounded and about to breathe his last, gave her his pipe,with the direction to play upon it the call his oxen knew. Then hedied, taking one kiss from her as his reward. Chloe played thewell-known tune; whereupon the oxen thronged to one side of the
Source: Samuel Lee Wolff’s ‘The Greek Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction,’ New York, 1912, pp. 29-42. 12 July, 2008 - 5:49:38 a7/p7

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