chapter  25
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Divine Women

But, as I read Melusine for the first time and reread “The Little Mermaid” and other stories,11 discovered some of the reasons that led me to consider our rela­ tionship to sea, air, earth, fire. I understand now that this relationship has never been decoded and has therefore remained a matter of fables and monsters (par­ ticularly in the etymological meaning of the word), revealing and hiding some­ thing of our identity, of the difficulties we have in situating ourselves in relation to ourselves and to our fellows, something of the dramas and spells that captivate us, capture us, bind us, and separate us.