Thomas Bulfinch (17961867). Age of Fable: Vols. I & II: Stories of Gods and Heroes. 1913.
XXII. c. Rhcus
THE HAMADRYADS could appreciate services as well as punish injuries. The story of Rhcus proves this. Rhcus, happening to see an oak just ready to fall, ordered his servants to prop it up. The nymph, who had been on the point of perishing with the tree, came and expressed her gratitude to him for having saved her life and bade him ask what reward he would. Rhcus boldly asked her love and the nymph yielded to his desire. She at the same time charged him to be constant and told him that a bee should be her messenger and let him know when she would admit his society. One time the bee came to Rhcus when he was playing at draughts and he carelessly brushed it away. This so incensed the nymph that she deprived him of sight.