Echo and Narcissus
day, a handsome man named Narcissus came along.
Echo fell in love with him immediately, but she could not tell
him. Narcissus went deeper into the woods, until he came upon a
calm stream. He bent over
to drink, but saw his reflection. He
spoke to his reflection, “I love you.”
Echo hearing her chance responded, “I love you.”
But it was too late, Narcissus was too busy admiring himself to
notice her. Narcissus
wouldn’t leave the stream to eat, or disturb his image to drink.
He died of thirst and hunger.
Echo died too, but when she died not even her bones remained.
Echo’s voice the one thing she had been denied in life was
preserved, and to this day her voice sounds everywhere.
(You may find different versions of this myth because before it was written down it was passed on from person to person.)