E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.