Sunday, November 21, 2004

Not fun

(Re-copied from a comment to Ellen Dana Nagler at BOP, Fraying at the Edges.)

No, not fun.

They forget the other half of Apollo's curse--his sending nightmare visions, one after the other, day after day, without pause, each more excoriating than the last--until night and day became equal. Really, that was the worst.

Being ignored was the smaller part. You don't think so? But that was just toying with false hope! So what would it have been like: Not to be ignored, but to be celebrated in every forum, feted in every household--the prophesies on everyone's lips . . . And then to watch the destruction happen--anyway--and to die--anyway--an abused slave to a brutish warlord, slain like a feast-day pig by a jealous queen . . . All better, right?

And those who ignored: They knew they wanted no part of those nightmares. Better to sleep at night, and enjoy the dalliances of the day! It seemed unfair that shouting Cassandra down with heroic patriotism would not keep her visions from coming to pass. How could the Gods possibly ignore their good intentions, their utmost innocence? The shock when Charon tossed them like stinking sacks into his infamous boat, and the dismay when Hades told them the unsought truth, face to face!

Not fun. Not fun at all.