“What female heart can gold despise? ” (Gray) In allusion to the fable of Atalanta, the swiftest of all mortals. She vowed to marry only that man who could outstrip her in a race. Milanion threw down three golden apples, and Atalanta, stopping to pick them up, lost the race.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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