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THE JUDGEMENT OF THE GODDESSES
That is just the thing that seems downright incredible to me, that she should be willing to abandon her husband and sail away with a foreigner and a stranger.
Be easy on that score ; I have two beautiful pages, Desire and Love ; these I shall give you to be your guides on the journey. Love will enter wholly into her heart and compel the woman to love you, while Desire will encompass you and make you what he is himself, desirable and charming. I myself shall be there too, and I shall ask the Graces to go with me ; and in this way, by united effort, we shall prevail upon her.
How this affair will turn out is uncertain, Aphrodite; but, anyhow, I am in love with Helen already ; somehow or other I think I see her; I am sailing direct to Greece, visiting Sparta, coming back again with the woman—and it irks me not to be doing all this now !
Do not fall in love, Paris, until you have requited me, your match-maker and maid of honour, with the decision. It would be only fitting that when I am there with you, I too should be triumphant, and that we should celebrate at the same time your marriage and my victory. It is in your power to buy everything—her love, her beauty, and her hand—at the price of this apple.
I am afraid you may dismiss me from your mind after the decision.