Letters of Alciphron

LETTERS OF ALCIPHRON 112

XI.

DRYANTIDAS TO CHRONIUM.

You have forgotten our marriage bed,
our children, our country life. The city
has taken complete hold of you. Pan
and the Nymphs, whom you used to in-
voke under the name of Dryads, Epime-
lides, and Naiads, are now hated by you,
and, in addition to the numerous deities
already in existence, you are introducing
fresh ones. Where shall I be able to
find room in the country for the Coliades
or Genetyllides ? I think I also heard
some other divinities mentioned, but,
owing to their number, the names of
most of them have slipped my memory.
Foolish woman that you are, you must
have lost your reason ! You wish to try
and rival those women of Athens who,
plunged in luxury, have made-up faces,
and whose morals are of the worst.