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 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.
Thisbe aka The Listener, 1909 - John William Waterhouse. Thisbe, a maiden of Babylon, was forbidden by her parents to marry her beloved Pyramus. The two lovers defied their families by exchanging vows through a chink in the wall which divided their houses, and plotted to elope together, fixing upon a white mulberry bush as the appointed spot.