There was once a king who had three daughters, all lovely maidens, but the youngest, Psyche, excelled her sisters so greatly that beside them she seemed a very goddess consorting with mere mortals.
Jealous of Psyche's beauty, Venus sent Cupid to shoot Psyche and make her fall in love with a vile beast. Cupid accidentally shoots himself when he is surprised by her beauty, and he falls in love with her. At the request of Apollo, Psyche is sent to a cliff to meet her husband, a fearful winged serpent.
But Psyche never sees her husband's face because he tells her they will forever be separated. Envious of Psyche's new mansion and wealth, they tricked her into looking at her husband while he was sleeping. It was Cupid! Seeing her treachery, Cupid runs away.
Archetype: The Friendly Beast
Psyche begs the gods to help reunite her with Cupid. Venus agrees, if Psyche can complete several impossible tasks, like sorting all of the seeds. She gets ants, a reed, and an eagle to help her.
Cupid asks Jupiter to help reunite him with his wife by keeping Venus out of the way. He agrees, and Cupid and Psyche live happily ever after.
The ants, the reed, and the eagle all help Psyche. This shows that nature is on her side.