A Light So Dark by Isabelle Artwork by John William Waterhouse “Thisbe,” a muffled voice called from the other side of the cracked wall. Her breath hitched. “Yes,” was her strangled cry, as her eyes slipped closed and her head fell back against the wall. “Every night I fear it will be someone else’s voice I hear.” “Never. So long as I live I will take my place beside you.”
Pyramus and Thisbe are in love from childhood.They plan to elope.Thisbe arrives first at the Mulberry bush outside of the city, a lioness walked by with her jaws covered in blood from a previous kill . Thisbe, frightened at her sight, ran to a nearby cave. Pyramus walked by and saw a cloak, his gift to her, covered in blood and torn to pieces with the footprints of the lioness left behind. He thought that his only love had been killed by a hungry lion,and took his own life with a sword.
Pyramus and Thisbe from Metamorphoses, second anonymous French translation (Ovide moralisé). Made in Netherlands, last quarter of 15th Century.Royal 17 E IV f. 55 This painting represents the iconic scene from the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, made iconic from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". The love between them was so strong it drove them to commit suicide. Their lives could no longer go on without the other by their side.