The Grove Of Ashtaroth (John Buchan)
A decent British man, learning that his friend has fallen under the influence of a goddess of ancient myth, does what any man of his sort would under those circumstances and desecrates her temple. He does feel a bit sad, especially when the goddess begins pleading for her life.
Interesting detail that being part Jewish makes Lawson more vulnerable to the goddess than the narrator is. The Scot who appears in the story seems almost immune. The original story is old enough to be public domain and online.
Interesting detail that caught my eye:
It was a little conical tower, ancient and lichened, but, so far as I could judge, quite flawless. You know the famous Conical Temple at Zimbabwe, of which prints are in every guidebook. This was of the same type, but a thousandfold more perfect. It stood about thirty feet high, of solid masonry, without door or window or cranny, as shapely as when it first came from the hands of the old builders. Again I had the sense of breaking in on a sanctuary. What right had I, a common vulgar modern, to be looking at this fair thing, among these delicate trees, which some white goddess had once taken for her shrine? Speculations about the origins of the ruins have been imaginative and wild ranging.
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