The Harpy: The untethered rage of a woman scorned

“Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d.” goes a line by William Congreve.

Megan Hunter’s follow-up to her beguilingly laconic debut, The End We Start From, is a graphic embodiment of this quotation. The protagonist, Lucy, is long fascinated with harpies, even making them the subject of her abandoned PhD. Half woman and half bird, harpies figure large in classical Greek mythology. Some texts, such as Dante’s Divina Commedia, depict them as entities that tortured the sinners in the seventh ring of Hell; others, such as Homer’s Odyssey, personify them as storm wind.

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