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Cupid

Cupid was the god of love, to the Greeks and Romans and even the people of Daventry.

BackgroundEdit

He is the son of Venus and the husband of Psyche. He is often in the form of a cherub. Cupid liked to bathe in the Roman Pool of Tamir. Cupid's love-arrows bring great joy or great sorrow to whomever they touch.[1] A statue of Cupid was located inside of the Powder Room of Falderal's Town Hall[2], as well as a china statue in the China Shop. The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare also speaks of Cupid;

Love looks not with eyes, but with mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind[3]

Cupid took various names and forms, but the one most recognized is that of a chubby, winged infant. Nonetheless, he was more than that. His mother was the goddess Venus. She once demanded her soon shoot a mortal girl named Psyche with his arrow of love, out of jealousy, hoping that the girl would marry an ugly, stupid oaf, and be miserable the rest of her life. Cupid accidentally scratched himself with an arrow when he saw Psyche and fell in love with her himself, but left her alone. Later, Cupid secretly married Psyche, but he would not allow her to see him. They would meet only at night, and he said it was for the best that she did not know what they looked like. One night Psyche snuck into his bedroom, and discovered her husband was really Cupid, a drop of oil dripped on his shoulder. He awoke startled and angry and flew away, abandoning her. Later Cupid, finally interceded on the behalf of Psyche with Zeus, deciding to help become immortal so that Venus would no longer harass her.[4]

A cherub statue of Cupid was one of the figurines decorating the powder room in Falderal's Town Hall.[5] At its base was a tarnished plaque, which Rosella wiped clean with a woolen stocking. Rosella fed it a grape of gold to open the secret passageway to the Vulcanix Underground.

Behind the scenesEdit

Cupidus ('desire') was the Roman god of love and son of goddess Venus. He is portrayed like a winged child with a bow and love arrows, aiming at peoples' hearts, which caused them to fall in love.

He resembled a little angel-child (putto) and bore a bow and arrows with which he could spread love to the world.

Angeloid figures resembling Cupid in Renaissance art, are known as cupidons or putti.

ReferencesEdit

  1. KQC, 2nd Edition, pg 454, 455
  2. KQC4E, 590
  3. KQ4, from A Midsummer's Night's Dream.
  4. KQC, 2nd Edition 454, 455
  5. KQC4E, pg590

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