Saturday, 7 July 2012

Apulieus's The Golden Ass

Guillaume Seignac The Awakening of Psyche
Lowry refers to Apulieus's The Golden Ass in Chapter 3 of Ultramarine during a long internal dialogue by Dana Hilliot as he muses after his drunken drift through the red light district of Dairen; I shall read for the last time, the hundred and first, reading the story, of Apulieus.." (Pg. 112). This may be an allusion to the tale of Cupid and Psyche within the story as Dana is struggling with his desire for Olga the prostitute and being faithful to Janet Travena - his lover from back home. He calls upon "Janet Rohtraut. Beauty Rohtraut, listen to me." Dana maybe comparing Janet's beauty to Psyche's. 

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