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"midas" retold by thomas bulfinch [1] bacchus, on a certain occasion, found his old schoolmaster and foster-father, silenus, missing. the old man had been drinking, and in that state wandered away, and was found by some peasants, who carried him to their king, midas. midas recognized him, and treated him hospitably, entertaining him for ten days and nights with an unceasing round of jollity. [2] on the eleventh day he brought silenus back, and restored him in safety to his pupil. whereupon bacchus offered midas his choice of a reward, whatever he might wish. he asked that whatever he might touch should be changed into gold. bacchus consented, though sorry that he had not made a better choice. [3] midas went his way, rejoicing in his new-acquired power, which he hastened to put to the test. he could scarce believe his eyes when he found a twig of an oak, which he plucked from the branch, become gold in his hand. he took up a stone; it changed to gold. he touched a sod; it did the same. he took up an apple from the tree; you would have thought he had robbed the garden of the hesperides. his joy knew no bounds, and as soon as he got home, he ordered the servants to set a splendid repast on the table. then he found to his dismay that whether he touched bread, it hardened in his hand; or put a morsel to his lip, it defied his teeth. he took a glass of wine, but it flowed down his throat like melted gold. [4] in consternation at the unprecedented affliction, he strove to divest himself of his power; he hated the gift he had lately coveted. but all in vain; starvation seemed to await him. he raised his arms, all shining with gold, in prayer to bacchus, begging to be delivered from his glittering destruction. bacchus, merciful deity, heard and consented. "go," said he, "to river pactolus, trace its fountain-head, there plunge yourself and body in, and wash away your fault and its punishment." he did so, and scarce had he touched the waters before the gold-creating power passed into them, and the river sands became changed into gold, as they remain to this day. passage 2: "bacchus's regret" by hunter doyle [1] king midas returned my beloved teacher to me, so i rewarded him with a wish—whatever he wanted would be. midas cried, "give my fingers a golden touch! then, i shall have a gilded kingdom and such." [5] i tried to make him see the err of his choice, but he would not heed the caution in my voice. i pleaded with midas, "be careful what you choose, for you're only thinking of what you'll gain—not what you'll lose." [9] his thirst for wealth became no match for his appetite; after all, a gold apple is not something one can bite. his daughter wept for her poor starving dad, so he wiped her tears and told her not to be sad. [13] into a golden statue midas's daughter became, and he and his greedy wish were ultimately to blame. yet, maybe if i had put up more of a fight and a fret, then i wouldn't have to live with all this regret. how does the poem show the theme greed can have negative consequences differently than the myth? by allowing bacchus to refuse midas's wish by changing what midas wishes for by resolving midas's conflict sooner by showing what happens to midas's daughter Get the answer
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