Cupid and Psyche
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The daughter of a King, Psyche was the most beautiful mortal woman in the world. Everybody praised her for her beauty. They praised her so much, Venus had grown jealous - her temples barren. In envy, she called upon her son, Cupid, to make her fall in love with a wretched man.
And so, Cupid went to Psyche in her sleep to enchant her with his arrow. When he did, she awoke. Cupid was invisible at the time, but he was startled, and stabbed his own hand. He then flew away.
After Psyche had been stabbed with Cupid's arrow, she had no interest in any other men other than the one she was suddenly in love with. In desperation, her parents visited the oracle of Apollo, who told them her beastly lover awaited on top of a mountain. Determined to find her lover, she ignored her parents warnings and went atop the mountain, where the gentile Zephyr (or Western Winds) lifted her up and took her to a flowery grove.
When Psyche arrived at the grove, she decided to sleep. When she awoke, she was surrounded by trees that seemed to make a path. After following it, she arrived at a beautiful palace. She entered and was treated like a god, only there was no sign of her lover.
Her lover had only been visiting her at night, and through the advice of her sisters, she went to bed with a dagger and a lantern to see who this apparent monster was. After lighting the lantern, she saw it had been Cupid. Feeling betrayed, Cupid exiled Psyche from his palace.
After returning home to her family and telling them what had happened, Psyche had begun seeking Cupid in an attempt to apologize. After accidentally gaining the favor of the holy Ceres, she was advised to go to Venus and attempt to regain Cupid's affection. After several fortunate events, she gained Venus' favor, and was allowed to remarry her destined lover, Cupid. She was allowed wings and immortality so they could be together forever.
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