This was proved by the hamadryad
, who, being exceedingly fond of mischief, threw another handful of acorns before the twenty- two newly-restored people; whereupon down they wallowed in a moment, and gobbled them up in a very shameful way.
It seemed as if the hamadryad
of the oak had sheltered herself from the unimaginative world within the heart of her native tree, and that it was only necessary to remove the strange shapelessness that had incrusted her, and reveal the grace and loveliness of a divinity.
And driven the Hamadryad
from the wood To seek a shelter in some happier star?
You will look like a tall Hamadryad
, dark and strong and noble, just issued from one of the fir-trees, when the stems are casting their afternoon shadows on the grass.
The oracle was an augury; it spoke through fire, water, earth and air, the oak tree there and its branches in the wind, the tongues of the Hamadryads
, the surf and spray of the Nereids and nymphs, Sibyls, the Muses, the grace of the Charites and the world as it splinters into different voices, numberless voices and is torn between what they say and what they are: until Dionysius the Areopagite unites the four elements once again and transforms them into a fifth, the quintessence of the highest heaven: the Empyream.