“Something was not quite right. Demeter could sense it, impossible though it seemed, even as she embraced her beloved Persephone. ‘My child,’ she gasped, ‘surely you did not taste of any food while you were below? Tell me, and hide nothing.’ But Persephone had indeed tasted of the sweet enticing fruit of mortal life: Hades had cleverly slipped a pomegranate seed into her mouth before she left and she had swallowed it. Because of this, Demeter knows, Persephone must remain part of each year in the lower world.
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