The Meeting with the Goddess

Woman, in the picture language of mythology, represents the totality of what can be known.  The hero is the one who comes to know.

Woman is the guide to the sublime acme of sensuous adventure.  By deficient eyes she is reduced to inferior states; by the evil eye of ignorance she is spellbound to banality and ugliness.  But she is redeemed in the eyes of understanding.  The hero who can take her as she is, without undue commotion but with the kindness and assurance she requires, is potentially the king, the incarnate god, of her created world.

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