Psyche finds herself just outside the city where her sisters dwell. She tells them everything, and the sisters feign sorrow and shock. They hope Cupid will choose one of them instead.
Psyche wanders the earth, searching for her husband.
The temple’s goddess, Ceres, says she cannot help but may give advice. Ceres tells Psyche to go to Aphrodite and surrender, and maybe Aphrodite will be appeased by submission.
Venus instructs Psyche to visit Persephone in the Underworld and ask for a little of her beauty. Psyche is warned not to open the box Persephone fills.
On her return to Aphrodite, Psyche looks at her disheveled appearance and thinks that Aphrodite can spare a little bit of beauty, so she will look prettier when reunited with Cupid. But inside the box is sleep, not beauty, and Psyche falls to the ground as if dead.
Cupid, unbeknownst to Psyche, had been divinely helping her through all her trials. Recovered from him burns and no longer able to bear being away from his love, Cupid flies to her. After he puts the sleep back into its box, Psyche revives.