Pyramus and Thisbe
Updated: 1/25/2020
Pyramus and Thisbe
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  • Oh, Pyramus, this wall keeps us from being one soul!
  • I know my love. We must run away as it is our only option to be together.
  • Pyramus and Thisbe were star-crossed lovers who happened to be neighbors as well. Their properties were divided by a wall, and within that wall was a small hole. Using that hole, the two spoke to each other, and they eventually fell in love. The love of the two was forbidden due to a family feud.
  • This led Pyramus and Thisbe to devise a plan to run away together, in hopes of finally being with each other. They decided to sneak out of their homes and meet at the Tomb of Ninus, under a large Mulberry tree during the night.
  • Thisbe arrived first, but soon caught sight of a lioness with a blood-stained mouth. She fled from the lioness, but not before dropping her cloak for the beast to pick up.
  • Pyramus arrived soon after and, to his horror, saw Thisbe's blood stained cloak and the lion in the distance.
  • Pyramus stabbed himself, ending his own life, because he believed Thisbe had died. Thisbe returned soon after. If Pyramus had not jumped to conclusions and immediately acted, they would both have continued to live.
  • When Thisbe saw the scene and understood what had occurred, she killed herself with the same sword Pyramus died by, overwhelmed by a combination of guilt and sorrow. The mulberries in the tree they were under stained red with blood, and they remain that way to this day
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