Chapter: English Literature in the Sixteenth Century
So, with Cupid shooting blanks (pun intended), he figures the only way to get Leander and Hero together is to ask the Fates for help. Sadly, the Fates are disinclined to pitch in. Marlowe explains why, with some two pages of backstory that have no real bearing on the plot: once upon a time, Mercury was all, "Hey, Fates! If you dethrone Jove and let me be King God, I'll totally love you forever." The Fates, totally crushing on Merc, granted his request. Naturally, after becoming King God, Mercury didn't give the Fates the time of day. His loss, really. I mean, come on - a four way? Mercury needed to get his priorities in order. Um, anyway, Hades hath no fury like a woman (or women) scorned, so Mercury held the throne for all of a week before the Fates sent his ass packing to the underworld. Ever since then, as Cupid discovers, the Fates have decreed love to be a total crock.
And yes, I drew the Fates as hot. Should they be hags or spinsters? Maybe. But that's really no fun for me.
Author: Christopher Marlowe • Year: 1598 • Info:Wikipedia
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