P. Le Quesne (x-x)
Writers who deal with the subject of lace invariably allude to its cobweb structure, but
it may be questioned whether the majority of them are aware of the actual relation between
the weaver of the web and the weaver of the lace, as it was established in mythological times.
According to the classic legend, Arachne was a beautiful young maiden of Lydia, who particularly
excelled in the art of lacemaking. The creations of her skill were so lovely that they ensnared
the hearts of all her sex, for even in the Golden Age, when beauty unadorned waas supposed to be
adorned the most, the congenital love of women for objects of person adornment made itself felt.
By an accident the goddess Minerva happened to destroy one of her laces which Arachne esteemed to
be her masterpiece, and the poor artist, rendered frantic by despair, committed suicide by hanging
herself. Minerva, in atonement for the wrong she had done her, converted her into a spider, and
to this day Arachne weaves her mystic web as she did in the past, and as far as their love of lace
goes, all women worship her now as they did of old. In Le Quesne's picture, the nymphs of his
artistic Aracdia are enjoying their entanglement in the silken toils of their transformed sister,
and those who are not already entangled hurry eagerly forward to seek the same filmy bondage.
[I admit myself completely flummoxed by this one. If anyone
could help, I'd greatly appreciate it.]
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