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Echo and Narcissus, John William Waterhouse 1903

The story is told in Book III of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, telling of the story of a “talkative nymph” who has no other use of speech than to repeat only the last words out of many. She falls in love with Narcissus, whom she catches sight of when he is “chasing frightened deer into his nets.” Eventually, after “burning with a closer flame,” Echo’s presence is revealed to Narcissus, who rejects her love. Echo retreats to a cave and wastes away, until all that remains of her is her voice.