Salome on a golden salver bears the head of John the Baptist to the young Greek sophist who's indifferent to love. The youth replies: "Salome, it's your head I wanted brought to me". He means it as a joke. But next day comes a messenger, a slave of hers, who carries in the Lover's head with flaxen locks upon a golden salver. But the sophist in his studies has forgotten yesterday's desire. He sees the dripping blood and feels disgust. He orders that this bloody thing be taken from his sight, and goes on reading Plato's dialogues.
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