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Author: Bitterfig

Title: A Mother’s Lament

Character: Merope Gaunt (addressing Tom Riddle Jr.)

Summary: Merope's words of wisdom to her son.

Word Count: 100

Rating: PG

Author’s Note: This is a drabble written for the prompt "Deception" at [info]minorhp100.  The line “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” is from John Keats’ poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”



A Mother’s Lament




            My son.


            If you have the ill-fortune to live on learn this lesson from your mother’s sorry life and lonely death—


            Trust in deception.


            Never believe that it is better to tell the true.  I had everything I had longed for.  I finally had everything I deserved.  I lost it all when I showed my true face.  I lost everything because I believed the lies of the poet, that beauty is truth, truth beauty.


            It is not so. 


            Don’t be fooled as your mother was. 


            The truth is an ugly woman cast out and dying alone.   Deception is beauty. 



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On March 20th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC), joraina commented:
Deception is beauty.

*cackles* I like it.

Terribly rude nitpick - it's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn', rather than 'to'. Do excuse my Romantic fanaticism!
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On March 20th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC), bitterfic replied:
Thanks for commenting, I'm glad you liked it and I'll fix that on/to error right away.
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