Ondine

Ondine was a nymph, a water goddess in French folk tale. She was breathtakingly beautiful and possessed of a streak of independence, truly what we call a 'free spirit'. Like all nymphs and mermaids, she was leery of men. If a nymph ever falls in love with a man and bears his child, she will begin to age like a mortal woman, losing her eternal youthfulness and everlasting life. Ondine fell in love with a human man named Palemon and gave birth to a son. Her beauty began to fade, her body suddenly susceptible to the effects of age. As her youthful attractiveness gave way to a more mature beauty, Palemon's eye began to wander to the younger women he met at court...

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