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-be the lightning-conductor which at receiving my letter; her resolve wards off the storm."
to be staunch to me; and the anThe Marquis rang the bell, and nouncement that, as she had not conducted me to the door.
been allowed to see me in the afterI walked across the yard to the noon, she had refused to see M. de porter's lodge, where I received a Maupert's family, by the very simlittle bouquet of three roses tied ple process of going to bed on the together by a blue knot, and pinned score of a headache. to which was a blank card, on one I called on Madane de Chantalis side of which was written my ad- before starting, and told her of my dress, and on the other these words: interview with the Marquis. She “Cueillies par Diane."
approved of it, and promised, now I hurried home, and at once sat that matters were above-board, and down to write:
bereft of that mystery which made “I have just seen your father, it, she thought, so unpleasant, to Mademoiselle, and have heard from let me know all she could about his own lips that the deep devo- Diane: “Though," she added, with tion I have sworn to you is re- a laugh, “your promise not to turned. The knowledge has filled encourage Diane to disobey her me with such inexpressible joy, parents appears to me to be somethat, trusting in you even more what Jesuitical; for you reserved than I do in myself, I have given to yourself the right of a partmy word of honour not to press ing shot in the shape of a lovemy suit with you any further, rely- note—and you settled to have ing on the strength of our purpose, a regular medium of communiour love, and our fate to bring your cation between you through my parents to see the necessity of unit- humble self.”' ing two lives that were made for “Countess,” I said, “the medium one another, and that recognised is so bright and clever that I could this necessity from the first hour of not do better than leave in your their meeting.
hands the management of my affairs, “Though I may not call, and may and I am so much in love that it not write, I will be hungry for would kill me to be without occanews of you, and shall try to see sional news of Diane, while I am your aunt before starting, in a few not at all certain that to be withhours, to beg, during my absence, out any news from herself direct is for the favour of an occasional line not the greatest martyrdom I have from herself to tell me how you are ever heard of. Pray remember what faring.
it has cost me to accede to this selfMay heaven bless you and sacrifice. guide you, as you have blessed and “I suppose,” said the Countess, guided my own path in life !" “that, after all, a man in love is
It was a lover's letter, and no not accountable; but frankly, I mistake; but I had obtained per- wish, on your return, you would mission to write it, and I fully teach Raymond the way to be in trusted the old Marquis to give the love, for I never saw so matter-ofletter to his daughter.
fact a man in my life; or perhaps That he nobly fulfilled his pro- you will teach me, which will come mise, however much it may have to the same thing in the end. Goodcost him, I heard that very even- bye; bon voyage !" ing, when at the station a message An hour later I was in the train from Diane's governess conveyed bound for Calais, en route for Engto me Diane's adieux; her delight land.
REVELATIONS FROM PATMOS.
DURING a somewhat prolonged medieval fortress, crowning stay on the isle which is called height on the southern portion of Patmos, when my wife and I were the island some 1000 feet above the guests of the hospitable monks the sea, around which the white of the Monastery of St John, I houses of the inhabitants cluster did not, as most who visit Patmos like limpets on a rock. Patmos at do, devote my attention solely to various eras has been colonised by the reminiscences of the saint who Greeks; but when in the eleventh has gained for the island its cele- century a saintly anchorite, Chrisbrity. The monastic life, the life todoulos by name, founded the of the people who live around the monastery, the island had for cenmonastery, the island itself, with turies been uninhabited, and from its legends and its hermitages, this fact arose his desire to secure afforded us amusement, which we it from the emperor as a fitting found it hard to exhaust; and the spot for the pursuit of an undisgood monks were greatly puzzled turbed religious life. He brought at visitors who did not spend all with him fifty workmen and their their time plodding over the manu- families, and by so doing formed scripts in their celebrated library, the nucleus of a new colonisation. or praying in the Cave of the The families were obliged to live on Apocalypse, but who wandered the northern portion of the island, from house to house, took photo- and no women or children were graphs, and studied the customs allowed across the narrow tongue of the natives.
of land. However, in succeeding Patmos is as barren and drear ages this village suffered so much a spot as can well be imagined from marauders, that, by special mountainous, treeless, and produc- indulgence from the Patriarch of tive of little else but aromatic Constantinople, they were allowed herbs. · Its coast-line is marvel- to build houses under the wing of lously indented, and at the central the monastery. After the fall of harbour the island is divided into Constantinople, a large number of two almost equal parts, joined to refugees sought an asylum at Patgether by a narrow tongue of land. mos; and again, after the capture On this isthmus rises a hill, of Crete by the Turks, large numcrowned by the ruins of an old bers of Cretans came here, so that Greco-Roman town, hidden by the Patmos, under the favouring wing grain which is grown thereon. This of religion, was repeopled and grew spot must of necessity be more prosperous. Furthermore, a religenuinely associated with St John gious atmosphere is always the than any other, seeing that it was most favourable for the conservathe only town in the island at the tion of ancient habits; consequenttime that he was brought here as ly, in their isolation from the a prisoner; but legendary history world, the Patmiotes live as their has preferred to ignore this fact, ancestors lived, in the possession of and the worship of St John, as it charming customs, which even this exists now
on Patmos, is purely nineteenth century has not been legendary
wholly able to obliterate. The monastery itself is a vast No steamer touches at Patmos,
so he who makes a pilgrimage luggage, to our frying - pan, and thither must do so in a sailing- our lamb. boat. Ours was a capital Samiote - It is a wet cold night; you caïque, which landed us at a flour- cannot go outside again, replied ishing village which has grown up the superior, in answer to our round the harbour in these days of inquiries if apartments could be greater security. We determined found for us in the village. Then to set off at once on foot to the followed a private colloquy amongst monastery, after intrusting our the monks, during which they conletters of introduction to a funny tinually looked at my wife, and little deacon, who appropriated us made frequent allusions to that on landing. We
rather forbidden thing to monks—woman. ashamed, too, of our luggage, for What would St Christodoulos, who in the Greek island it is necessary made such stringent rules for his to travel with food; consequently monastery, have said, if he could a frying-pan full of fish, a raw leg have known that a man and wife of lamb, and a bottle of honey were to be housed for days within were treasures with which we dare its actual precincts? It was enough not part, more especially as the to revivify his embalmed body, Lenten fast was imminent. These which now reposes in the monastic articles were confided to the care church ! We were given a cell of an agile boy, whilst a donkey belonging to an old monk, Gerasicarried our weightier goods; and mos by name, who was absent just thus we commenced to toil up now doing penance in a hermitage. the road which leads to the mon- A cell indeed it was only in name; astery.
in point of size and convenience it Somewhat breathless with our closely resembled a flat. There climb, and having been conducted was a large sitting-room with five through endless passages and up windows, furnished with a divan, innumerable steps,
became and quaint old pictures on the aware that we had reached the walls; through this opened a goodsuperior's door, and that our pro- sized bedroom. We had a kitchen, cession had arrived in the reverse a room for our servant, a door, and order to what we had intended, a latch-key. Our flat was situated for we found his worship in a on the highest floor of the monastowering rage with the agile boy tery, so we could wander at will, for bringing into the monastery when the wind was not too boisterand depositing at his door such ous, over the terraced roofs, and things as we had intrusted to his enjoy delicious views over land charge. Consequently our recep- and sea. We could see the mountion was an exceedingly cold one, tains of Asia Minor, and most of and not until half an hour later, the islands of the Archipelago; when the deacon arrived with our we could converse with the monks letters of introduction, did the as they paced to and fro, idling great man relax his severity. Then, away their time with their beads, indeed, he grew very benign; his and basking in the sunshine. The servant was sent for coffee, jam, utter waste of a life spent in and rakki ; the treasurer, the a monastery was vividly brought librarian, the ex - superior, and before our notice, for there is other leading monks were sum- absolutely nothing for them to do moned to greet us; and their eyes except to pray and to fast; and I wandered eagerly from us to our question if they adhere as strictly
to the former occupation as they St Mark, we, I fear, rather inought, otherwise I am at a loss to sulted the librarian by becoming account for the existence of those deeply interested in two manufine bow-windows which many of scripts describing the wanderings them have thrown out.
of St John, and purporting to The librarian is the busiest of have been written by two disciples them all, which is evidenced by of his, Prochoros and Nicitas. the fact that he has only got one These books form the foundation eye, having, as he said, worn the for all the legends which the Patother out with study. He was miotes still firmly believe the one of our earliest visitors, and basis, in fact, of their religion. took it for granted that the object These works are obviously spurious, of our visit to Patmos was to live full of anachronisms and contradicin his library and copy manu- tions, and have been too clearly scripts. We did visit it, indeed, written to assist in the production and were shown the few valu- of sacred spots, which is a favourite able books which have escaped the system in the Eastern Church. A many depredations of bibliophiles. priest will say he has found a picAmongst the oldest of the manu- ture of the Madonna in a tree; a scripts we found a St Mark's Gos- man will dream a dream that a pel, written in 953 A.D., before the sacred picture is at the bottom of Alexandrian Codex. The initials a well; he will proceed to draw it to the names of God and Christ up, and then churches will be built are in gold, and all the letters are in honour of the Madonna of the in silver, on rose-coloured parch- tree, or of the well, miracles will ment. It finishes at the twenty- be wrought, and a centre for pilsecond verse of the fifteenth chap- grimages established.
An apt ter, as the one in the library at illustration of this idea came beVienna. The history of Job is a fore our notice when at Patmos. manuscript of the ninth century, Our servant, an intelligent and and is imperfect, some of the generally well-informed Greek, but ,
, earlier pages being lost. The not much of a theologian, was painted illustrations most exercised in his mind respecting beautifully done, and the repre- the history of Patmos, as connected sentations of Job's flocks, and his with St John; so one day he asked daughters, still preserve their ori- me, “Did St John find the Gospels ginal richness of colour. Some of in the Cave of the Apocalypse ? the later volumes in the library There is a very close analogy beare very interesting from the rich- tween this system of finding sacred ness of their Byzantine buildings, objects and that which taught that notably a Gospel written in 1335, images “fell down from Jupiter," and full of lovely pictures. Unfor- and that the sacred books of the tunately, many of them have suf- Sibyls were found. fered much from damp and want The most amusing story which of care; but of late years, owing to Prochoros professes to tell in his the realisation of their value, the account of St John is the contest librarian is much more careful of which the saint is supposed to his treasures, and handles them have had with a magician called with infinite pride. But instead of Kynops, who was deputed by the going into ecstatic raptures over priests of the temple of Apollo at the lovely Job and the ancient Patmos to do what damage he
could to the Roman prisoner, with this legendary account of St whose teaching interfered so much John are localised by tiny churches ; with their trade. Kynops lived in and when I asked how it happened a cave to the south-west of the that St Christodoulos was able to island, where he kept an army of identify the places on an island demons. The Patmiotes of to-day which had been uninhabited for show
you the cave of Kynops, in a centuries, I was promptly supwild dreary spot overhanging the pressed by the reply, “Through sea; and even in these latter days prayer and fasting." There are none dare enter it for fear of the many other legends connected with demons, which are still supposed St John and his miracles on Patto haunt it.
Before leaving the island, On the day appointed for the they say the saint went on a bapcontest, St John, Kynops, and a tising tour through all the villages, large crowd of lookers-on repair- in one of which he healed the son ed to the shore, where Kynops of a priest of Juptier. In another wrought many miracles, diving he had to contend with the wiles into the sea and bringing up the and enchantments of a certain dead, whilst St John merely looked Notianus; and on the inhabitants on in dignified silence, and per- asking to be baptised, he conmitted his adversary to gain a ducted them to a stream—but lo! complete triumph. The people Notianus, by his art, turned the thereupon fell to worshipping Ky- stream into blood. Whereupon nops, and stoned St John, whom St John prayed fervently, and the they left for dead on the shore. blood turned into water again. Prochoros then relates how, whilst Notianus was struck with blindhe was standing by the supposed ness, and did not recover his sight corpse and weeping, St John sud- until he humbled himself before denly arose, walked up to the St John and received baptism. town without aid, and challenged That an outer world existed on the magician to a renewal of the Patmos outside the monastery was contest.
brought vividly before our notice Next day Kynops and his friends on the day of our arrival by the came down in the full confidence of town-crier, who makes use of the another triumph. The magician parapets of the monastery for deagain dived into the sea, as he had livering his messages. All that it previously done, whilst St John is necessary for him to do is to ring was engaged in fervent prayer, his bell, and scream from the four the result being that the magician corners of the building, and every never came up again, though the one in Patmos will hear what he people remained staring for three has to say. He is a wild unkempt days and night at the waves which object to look upon, with long covered him.
hair, a red fez, brown home-spun The credulous Patmiotes of to- clothes, and bare feet. He is the day will show you the spot on mouthpiece of all Patmiote trade, which St John triumphed, and and announces what captains have will point out a submerged rock in arrived with cargoes of macaroni, the harbour, which they say is the of beans, of figs, and other combody of Kynops converted into modities. The price of each article stone by the vigour of the saintly is given, and the good folks are prayers. All the spots connected instructed to repair to such and