The moment the sun put the darkness
to flight and ushered in
a new day, I woke up and
arose at once.
Being an eager student of
the miraculous I examined
attentively the heart of Thessaly, renowned the world over as
the cradle of magic
arts and spells.
imagined that everything everywhere had been changed by some infernal spell
into a different shape - I thought the very stones I stumbled against must be
petrified human beings.
I thought the birds I heard singing and the
trees growing around the city walls had acquired their feathers and leaves in
the same way.
I thought the fountains were liquefied human
I expected statues and pictures to start walking, walls to
speak, oxen and other cattle to utter prophecies, and
oracles to issue suddenly from
the very sky or from the bright
I saw a woman passing by with a train of attendants and hurried
to overtake her.
Walking with her was an old man; the moment he saw me,
My God, he cried, its Lucius for sure, and he
embraced me and whispered in the womans ear.
"Im Byrrhena: I
expect youve often heard my name mentioned as that of one of those who
brought you up.
I implore you by Diana there, do be warned by me: watch
out for the wicked wiles and criminal enticements of that woman
Never lower your guard as she is
a mistress of graveyard
I heard the magic word magic, so far from
resolving to steer clear of Pamphile, I itched to enrol myself as her pupil and
to pay handsomely for the privilege - in a word to take
a running leap right into the
When evening began to fall, Pamphile looked at the lamp and
said: Well have a cloudburst
When Milo asked her how she knew she said
the lamp predicted it.
Thats quite a prophetess we keep here, this lamp observes
everything that happens in the heavens from her stand - or observatory?
I said, 'I can count this as the first of my own heroic exploits, on
the model of the Labours of Hercules -
for laying low three wineskins is surely equivalent to dealing with
Im happy and willing to forgive you for what you did and what I suffered
in consequence - on one condition. Will you do as I earnestly ask you, and show
me your mistress when she is actually
practising her supernatural
"This is deadly serious, you must be religiously discreet
about it," Milo said.
Photis came to me one day in a great state of
excitement to tell me that her mistress, having got nowhere in her love affair
by other means, was going that night to feather herself as a bird and fly off
to her beloved in that shape.
Pamphile used her magic arts deliberately
to transform herself into an owl.
I tore off my clothes, and plunging my
hands into the box I scooped out a generous portion of the ointment and rubbed
it all over myself.
I flapped my arms up and down in imitation of a
But no down or feathers appeared!
Instead my hair became
coarse and shaggy, my soft skin hardened into hide, my fingers and toes lost
their separate identity and coalesced into hooves, and from the end of my spine
there protruded a long tail.
face became enormous and my mouth widened; my nostrils dilated and my lips hung
down; and my ears became monstrously long and hairy.
though I was now the complete ass and what had been Lucius was a beast of
burden, still felt and thought like a man.
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