Andromeda's mother, Queen Cassiopeia, bragged that she and her daughter were prettier than the sea nymphs. The nymphs complained to Poseidon, who in turn sent a monster to destroy the kingdom. The queen and her husband, King Cepheus, were told to sacrifice their daughter to save the country. Andromeda was chained to a rock for the monster to devour. Perseus arrived just in time to rescue her. Andromeda and Perseus were married, had seven children, and were eventually placed in the sky next to each other as constellations.
Inspired by The Rock of Doom
Sir Edward Burne-Jones 1884

Bodycolour 60 5/8 x50 3/4 inches (154x129cm)
Southampton City Art Gallery, UK

The Rescue of Andromeda. Details at 11.

Today, there would be full media coverage - and there's no doubt in my mind that one of the first questions, asked with an expression of sincere concern, would be the "How-did-you-feel-when" question: "How did you feel when your father chained you, naked, to a rock?"   "Oh pretty good," says Andromeda, " the sun was shining, the water was warm, and this cute guy was flying by on his way back from slaying the Gorgon."

Mind you, with all the distractions of modern technology, the rescue might not be successful.
"I'll be with you in a minute Honey - I just have to take this call," says Perseus as he answers his cell phone.
Successful or not, there'll be a made-for-TV movie.


Now Time's Andromeda on this rock rude,
With not her either beauty's equal or
Her injury's, looks off by both horns of shore,
Her flower, her piece of being, doomed dragon's food.
Time past she has been attempted and pursued
By many blows and banes; but now hears roar
A wilder beast from West than all were, more
Rife in her wrongs, more lawless, and more lewd.

Her Perseus linger and leave her tó her extremes?
Pillowy air he treads a time and hangs
His thoughts on her, forsaken that she seems,
All while her patience, morselled into pangs,
Mounts; then to alight disarming, no one dreams,
With Gorgon's gear and barebill, thongs and fangs.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

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