By Ross Gilbert Arthur
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2927) Then the CountessÕs eyes filled with tears. She was delighted with the promise her lord had generously made, quite in accord with her own wishes. She wept pitifully and said: ÒMy lord, I have been married to you for a long time. We were united under such a cruel destiny and in such misfortuneÑI do not know whyÑand you have always had more ill than good from our marriage, and neither of us has had any delight of the other. I have languished here in bed, as you know, afflicted by a very cruel sickness.
They took on the appearance of beautiful fairies and pretended to be the Fates. (2092) The first witch played the role of Clotho, the second played Lachesis and the third played Atropos, who rejects all good things: they pretended to be the three Fates through whom all things come to pass. They declared that Nature had given them power and control over every human creature and everything that is alive, and that they ordained what happened to people according to their pleasure: it couldnÕt fail, not for anything in the world!
They predestined what was to happen, according to their whims and imagination, for they were pretending to be the Fates. When they had finished their story, they turned straight to the Count; they had bewitched him so well and were so inventive that I never saw a Christian as befuddled about anything. (2157) The one who was supposed to be Clotho, who presides over human birth, spoke treacherously and deceptively: ÒSisters,Ó she said, Òwhat about this Count who is lying sound asleep here, oblivious to everything we say?