In the depths of my heart, little Europa is still the rosy child who ran to gather flowers so many years ago.
If she really believed that they would ever find Europa, he was willing to continue the search with them, even now.
It is, therefore, plain to my mind, that Cilix secretly blamed himself for giving up the search for Europa, as long as he was able to put one foot before the other.
Sad, sad it was to hear them asking of every passer-by if he had seen Europa, so long after the white bull had carried her away.
But that would only delay you, and perhaps hinder you from finding dear little Europa, after all your pains and trouble.
Being neither my son, nor the brother of our lost Europa, thou hast shown thyself truer to me and her than Phoenix and Cilix did, whom we have left behind us.
And, though Europa never came, the good Thasus had the blessings of many a poor traveler, who profited by the food and lodging which were meant for the little playmate of the king's boyhood.
I will not sadden you, my little hearers, with telling how Telephassa died and was buried, but will only say, that her dying smile grew brighter, instead of vanishing from her dead face; so that Cadmus left convinced that, at her very first step into the better world, she had caught Europa in her arms.
From the very hour that he left following the butterfly in the meadow, near his father's palace, he had done his best to follow Europa, over land and sea.
Some day or other, too, his sister Europa might have come quietly to the door of his home, and smiled round upon the familiar faces.
He fancied it his long-lost sister Europa, now grown to womanhood, coming to make him happy, and to repay him with her sweet sisterly affection, for all those weary wonderings in quest of her since he left King Agenor's palace--for the tears that he had shed, on parting with Phoenix, and Cilix, and Thasus--for the heart-breakings that had made the whole world seem dismal to him over his dear mother's grave.
No, Cadmus," said the same voice that had spoken to him in the field of the armed men, "this is not that dear sister Europa whom you have sought so faithfully all over the wide world.