There may be love in the young man’s heart, as the metaphor goes, but that only names the force that drives him to win and keep a prize that warms his blood, delights his eyes, and causes unbearable distress in his nether regions. To appease such selfishness, he will fight friend and foe for her and risk his life for her; and then, if he succeeds to win her submission to all that frantic activity, he will promise to devote his life to her. It is only after that, once she has become no longer a goddess, but has lowered her status to woman and mother that, if he still keeps his promise, the element of selfishness has gone.


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