Saturday, June 25, 2011

What does Hades do when Persephone isn't around?

I have been pondering this question. We pay so much attention to the Lady herself in this story that I begin to wonder how lonely Hades must be without his wife.  There is only one mention in infidelity in his story (and in Persephone's for that matter). I don't believe that the story of Minthe plays out year after year, so what does happen when Persephone is away.  Does Hades sit solemnly on his stone throne surrounded by dull gray and apparitions in the underworld simply waiting for months for his wife to return?  While Persephone rejoices in the sun and spends time with her Mother, what solace does Hades have? 


  1. Hmmm, what does Hades do when Persephone's away?

    He learns to cook, but all he can make are dishes with pomegranates and then sulks when the judges Rhadamanthus and Minos tell him his cooking is monotonous.

    He invites Apollo, Ares, Hermes, and Dionysus over for a "bro night." Ares and Dionysus trash the palace, Apollo tells them they're soooo immature and leaves in a huff, and Hermes concotes a scheme to sell miracle pomegrante juice. Hades sighs and reminds himself again not to have these parties.

    He takes up playing the ukelele, in hopes Persphone will like it, but all the shades go around with their hands over their ears and Cerebus howls.

    So, he's pretty busy and has some good stories to tell Persphone when she gets back.