Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Enchantress

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In the chapter entitled 'The Cave of the Enchantress' Marina Warner writes about the Grotto della Sibilla in the Umbrian Mountains which was first mentioned in classical legend. Guerino the Wretch reaches a mountain pass near Norcia in Umbria where he meets with the Devil. The Devil, of course, wants Guerino's soul and tempts him by describing a subterranean kingdom where every delight will be his. Seemingly, in this kingdom, trees flower and fruit at the same time and there is no pain or age or sorrow.

No pain! No sorrow! Lead me to the Umbrian mountains immediately! Of course, what the Devil failed to mention was that the cave is inhabited by an enchantress who turns into a snake every Saturday.

It is the truly brave who commit to coming to the Grotto to work with the current Enchantress.

3 Comments:

At 4:26 AM, Blogger Leonie Bryant said...

I am about to move into the grotto and go to find my room. And a big thankyou to Heather for signing me in. Off to see if someone is going to take me to my room.

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger Believer said...

Hello Heather,

I will, perhaps, be hard to find on Saturdays.

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger @lex Chua said...

Thanks Heather! The Journey from my Head to Heart had begin since I arrived in Melbourne on 8th June 2005. Meeting you as The Enchantress will certainly take me to the next level!

 

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