Here am I, my father! What would you? Are you in the garden?
for the impression which the fair stranger made upon him was as if here were another flower, the human sister of those vegetable ones, as beautiful as they--more beautiful than the richest of them--but still to be touched only with a glove, nor to be approached without a mask
Here, Beatrice," said the latter,--"see how many needful offices* require to be done to our chief treasure.
Yet, shattered as I am, my life might pay the penalty of approaching it so closely as circumstances demand. Henceforth*, I fear, this plant must be consigned to your sole charge.
And gladly will I undertake it, Yes, my sister, my splendor, it shall be Beatrice's task to nurse and serve thee; and thou shalt reward her with thy kisses and perfume breath, which to her is as the breath of life!