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Pandora in Myth
Woman was not yet made. The story (absurd enough!) is that Zeus
made her, and sent her to Prometheus and his brother, to punish them for their presumptions in stealing fire from heaven; and man, for accepting the gift. The first woman was named Pandora. She was made in heaven, every god contributing something to perfect her. Aphrodite
gave her beauty, Hermes
music, etc. Thus equipped, she was conveyed to earth, and presented to Epimetheus
, who gladly accepted her, though cautioned by his brother to beware of Zeus and his gifts. Epimetheus had in his house a jar, in which were kept certain noxious articles, for which, in fitting man for his new abode, he had no occasion. Pandora was seized with an eager curiosity to know what this jar contained; and one day she slipped off the cover and looked in. Forthwith there escaped a multitude of plagues for hapless man, - such as gout, rheumatism, and colic for his body, and envy, spite, and revenge for his mind, - and scattered themselves far and wide. Pandora hastened to replace the lid! but, alas! the whole contents of the jar had escaped, one thing only excepted, which lay at the bottom, and that was hope
. So we see at this day, whenever evils are abroad, hope never entirely leaves us; and while we have that, no amount of other ills can make us completely wretched.
from Bulfinch's Mythology
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