Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Cupid and Psyche

Cupid (or Eros) takes the beautiful Psyche as wife, but visits her only by night and insists she must never see his face. When her jealous sisters claim he must be a Monster (>>> Beauty and the Beast, of which CAP is a distant Underlier), Psyche breaks the Prohibition by lighting a lamp to examine her sleeping husband, who – woken by a drip of hot oil – vanishes, together with his palace. Zeus permits a reunion after Psyche has suffered an extended Night Journey. C S Lewis's retelling in Till We Have Faces (1956) is narrated by Psyche's sister, here loving but dangerously possessive, and focuses on the sister's anguish and redemption. [DRL]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.