Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quotes: Myth (5)

Myth, harpies 1453 " …harpies, which had the faces of women, and the wings, bodies, and claws of vultures." “The Golden Fleece” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales

Myth, Labyrinth 1331 "That Daedalus was a very cunning workman; but of all his artful contrivances, this labyrinth is the most wondrous; were we to take but a few steps from the doorway, we might wander about, all our lifetime, and never find it again." “The Minotaur” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales.

Myth, Lethe 1415 "The River Lethe…never in her life had she beheld so torpid, so black, so muddy-looking a stream; its waters reflected no images of anything that was on the banks; and it moved as sluggishly as if it had forgotten which way it ought to flow, and had rather stagnate than flow either one way or the other." “The Pomegranate-Seeds” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales

Myth, Lethe 1416 "At all events the water [of the River Lethe] has one very excellent quality; for a single draught of it makes people forget every care and sorrow that has hitherto tormented them." “The Pomegranate-Seeds” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales. Is forgetfulness the effect of death? Wilder thought so in Our Town.

Myth, monster 1332 "…the cry of the Minotaur; and the sound was so fierce, so cruel, so ugly—so like a bull’s roar, and withal so like a human voice, and yet like neither of them…he felt it an insult to the moon and sky, and to our affectionate and simple Mother Earth, that such a monster should have the audacity to exist." “The Minotaur” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales.

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