Handmaid of the moon

Having associated the gypsy woman with the sun and with the biblical figure of Eve, Stephen begins to link her with the moon and with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Walking "to the west," she joins with the moon in pulling after her the incoming, westward-flowing tide: "A tide westering, moondrawn, in her wake. Tides, myriadislanded, within her, blood not mine." This makes the dark woman the moon's helper, in parody of a Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary: "Behold the handmaid of the moon."

JH 2017

The Angelus, oil on canvas painting by Jean-François Millet (ca. 1857-59), held in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

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