Nor Hell A Fury
Created by j.kiley
Inspired by BBC Series
The Mourning Bride
Act III Scene I
NOR HELL A FURY
Is it my love? ask again
That Question, speak again that soft Voice,
And love again with Wishes in thy Eyes.
O no! thou can’st not. . .
Can’st thou forgive me then? wilt thou believe
So kindly of my Fault, to call it Madness?
O, give that Madness yet a milder Name,
And call it Passion; then, be still more kind,
And call that Passion Love.
Yet I’ll be calm. . .
But now that Dawn begins, and the slow Hand
Of Fate is stretch’d to draw the Veil, and leave
Thee bare. . .
Heav’n has no Rage, like Love and Hatred turn’d,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d.
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Passages from “The Mourning Bride”
A Tragedy [Premiered 319 years ago in 1697]
Playwright William Congreve
In the ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides, Medea was the sorceress who assisted Jason in obtaining the Golden Fleece and later became his wife. Jason betrayed Medea by divorcing her and marrying another. In Medea’s transformation, she progresses from suicidal despair to sadistic fury. Her revenge on Jason’s betrayals start with a series of murders, culminating in the murder of their two young children. When Jason comes to her, she has their two children brought forth. Jason is horrified when he sees that his two children are indeed dead. The pleasure Medea experiences while watching Jason’s suffering outweighed her feelings of remorse for what she had done. As Jason mourns, Medea escapes through the help of The King of Athens, Aegeus. Medea created a brew for the King’s infertility in exchange for sanctuary in Athens. Medea’s plight, under the circumstances of the day, a certain sympathy can be felt. After everything she did to make Jason succeed. His actions, in turn, are to abandon her to climb the ladder of success by marrying the daughter of the King of Corinth.
Jealousy contains such depth of rage, at times, but it does not forgive such acts of depravity. Knowing the whole story does give one understanding, and makes Medea a sympathic character of mythology. Maggie the Cat | Roars & Purrs