rieking with terror, instantly sprang to their feet. But Periphas paid no heed. Seizing Byssa, who was paralyzed by surprise, in his arms, he bore her, spite of her struggles, to the shore. Like all well-developed women she was no light burden and, notwithstanding the Pelasgian’s strength, he felt that it would be im
possible for him to carry her up the steep bank and therefore put her down, though without releasing his hold on her arm. But Byssa no sooner felt the solid earth under her feet than her senses returned. “Help! Help!” she screamed. “Shall we fear this one man?
Are we not strong enough to capture him?” And, following words by action, she boldly grasped the Pelasgian’s belt with her left hand, which was free. “Quick! quick!” she added. “Only hold him a moment—the men will return directly.” Byssa’s courage
produced its effect. The women hurried towards her from all sides; yet the nearest gave themselves considerably more time than those who were farther away. Periphas perceived that his position was very critical. Without releasing Byssa’s arm, he drew his sword.
eware!” he shouted fiercely, “I’ll hew down on the spot the first one who approaches.” 38 And, as Byssa still did not loosen her grasp from his belt, he muttered between his teeth. “Follow me, or by Zeus....” He did not finish the sentence, but his sinister glance left no doubt of his meaning. Byssa trembled, for she thought of the soothsayer of whose death she had heard. “You are the stronger!” she said, and allow
ed herself to be led up the bank without resistance. At the top Periphas turned and shouted: “Women, the first one who show
s herself here I’ll give up to my bondmen.” But the Pelasgian had nothing more to fear. The sight of the naked sword, Peri
had banished the women’s courage. He now carried Byssa among some small hills, where a low, two-wheeled vehicle, drawnphas’
by two horses, was waiting under the charge of a slave. “Get in!” said Periphas imperiously, then, to render her more ygaze
ielding, added: “No harm shall befall you! I only want you to serve me as a hostage.” “I will obey,” replied Byssa,could