The moment the sun put the darkness
to flight and ushered
in a new day, I woke up
and arose at
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.
I 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
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 bodies.
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, 'it's Lucius for sure,' and he embraced me and whispered in
the woman's ear.
"I'm Byrrhena: I expect you've 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 Pamphile.
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: 'We'll have a cloudburst tomorrow'.
When Milo asked her how she knew she said
the lamp predicted it.
'That's 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
I'm 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
"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 bird.
But no down or feathers
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
My face became enormous and
my mouth widened; my nostrils dilated and my lips hung down; and my ears became
monstrously long and hairy.
I meanwhile, 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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