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        In Ancient Greece lived a young man called Narcissus, who was greatly xx1xx, for he was very handsome. Narcissus was very proud of his perfect face and graceful body, and never lost the chance to xx2xx his reflection in any body of water he happened to pass. He would lie for hours admiring his gleaming dark eyes, slender nose, slim hips and the mop of curly xx3xx that crowned the perfect oval of his face. You would think a sculptor had come down xx4xx heaven to carve such a faultless body as a living image of mankind's love of beauty. One day, Narcissus was walking close to a precipice where the clear waters of a cold mountain pool mirrored his beautiful face. "You are handsome, Narcissus!" he told xx5xx as he bent down to admire his reflection. "There's nobody xx6xx handsome in the whole world! I'd love to kiss you." Narcissus was suddenly seized by the desire to kiss his own reflection and he bent down closer to the water. But he lost his balance and toppled into the pool. Narcissus could not xx7xx and so he drowned. But when the gods discovered that the xx8xx beautiful being on earth had died, they decided that such beauty could not be xx9xx. The gods turned Narcissus into a scented flower which, to this day, blossoms in the mountains in spring, and which is xx10xx called Narcissus.

Adapted from The Myth of Narcissus 


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