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Transcript of The Fates
The Moirai were independent, at the helm of necessity, directed fate, and watched that the fate assigned to every being by eternal laws might take its course without obstruction; and Zeus, as well as the other gods and man, had to submit to them. The Fates had no family. They were said to be the first beings on Earth and they hae power over everyone, even the gods. Invention
The Magic Fateball When you shake this ball it wll tell you when you will die, and how it happens. A translation of an old Greek story which illustrates that destiny is determined by the Fates
Once there was a very wealthy man who had houses, furniture, sheep, goats, and . . . was there anything which he didn't have?. He had all that is good in the world; "in his house even the cocks laid eggs", as the saying goes. Yet, in spite of all his wealth, he was a miser and as selfish as any man could be.
This man chanced to visit a big city, say Salonica; but he refrained from putting up at an inn, because that would involve spending money. Nor would he go to some great man’s palace, lest he should incur an obligation which he might one day be called upon to reciprocate. Instead, he stopped at a poor man’s cottage. The house was only one big room and a hall, and they put him up in a corner of the room. His servant had to make do in the yard with the horses.
Now, the poor man’s wife had just delivered a boy who was three days old when this wealthy man arrived. So they lay down to sleep in the evening, the guest in one corner of the room and the woman in the child-bed with her husband in the other. They went to sleep almost immediately, and were sleeping soundly.
The wealthy man; however, could not go to sleep. He turned now on this side, now on the other, thinking and calculating how to augment his wealth.
Enter the Fates
While he was thinking, all of a sudden he saw the door thrown open, and in came three women clad in white. They were the three Fates, who allot a child's destiny on the third day after birth. They entered the room and stood where the little boy lay sleeping. The greatest of the Fates touched him with her finger and asked: "What kind of destiny shall we allot him?"
One of the others answered, "Let's make him heir to the wealthy man who is lying over there in the corner."
"Agreed," they said in unison.
Thus they decreed and vanished.
The wealthy man heard these words and was considerably disturbed by what he heard, and now could not sleep because of his utter anger. He got up and began to pace up and down in the room until daybreak.
wwAstma, AAron. "The Fates Story ." www.theoi.com. N.p., 11/MAR/2003. Web. 13 Apr 2011. <http://www.theoi.com/Daimon/Moirai.html>. w.greekmythology.com." The Fates. N.p., 23/NOV/2000. Web. 13 Apr 2011. <http://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/The_Fates/the_fates.html>.