Trivia - Many stories we take for granted today did not exist in their current form in 1841. Goldilocks first appears in literature in 1904, for example. And it isn't clear whether Elvira would have known the tales of the Grimm brothers. Yet stories must be told to fill time when small children are about. The myths of Greece and Rome, however, would have been known.
I enjoyed the idea that Hades suffered some punishment for stealing Persephone, although the damnation of never knowing his children is nowhere in classical literature to my knowledge. I got the idea from hearing about the men who serve on ballistic missile submarines. With their on again, off again schedules, it is apparently rare to be present for both a child's conception and his/her birth. They universally agree that they'd rather miss the birth than the conception.
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