The scene of this fantasy is an island, hitherto inhabited by Lutherans, in a remote but temperate province of Northern Europe. The persons are the Gods of Ancient Greece. The time is early in the Twentieth Century.
her in a moment. [Exit.]
We hear that you have already invented a means of amusing Zeus, Hermes? Is he prepared to forget his thunderbolt?
He has mentioned it only twice this morning, and I have set Hephæstus to work to make him another, of yew-tree wood. It will be less incommodious, more fitted to this place, and in a very short time Zeus will forget the original.
KRONOS [loudly, to himself].
Zeus gave me an orb and sceptre to console me. I used to play cup and ball with them behind his throne.
RHEA [in a solicitous aside to HERMES].
Oh! it is not true. Kronos' mind now wanders so strangely. He thinks that it is Zeus who has turned him out of Olympus.
HERMES [in the same tone].
Do not distress him, Rhea, by contradiction and explanation. I will find modes of amusing him a little every day, and, for the rest, let him doze in the sunshine. His mind is worn so smooth that it fails any
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