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Eurydice is one lucky lady—she's the wife of Orpheus, the first ever rock star. Tragically, though, the lovely nymph (dryad) died not long after the happy couple got hitched, when she was bit on the ankle by a snake. Orpheus totally freaked out when his wife died: he played music so sad and beautiful that the gods encouraged him to go to the Underworld and bring his wife back. And that he did—or tried, at least. He charmed Hades and Persephone with his music, and Hades agreed that the bard could take his wife back to the land of the living as long he walked out of the Underworld without looking back. The lovebirds almost made it out, but just as they were about to step into the sunlight, Orpheus looked back, and Eurydice vanished forever into the dark Underworld.

Basic Information

NicknameAgricope, Tree Hugger
Current cityThe Underworld

Work & Education

OccupationTree nymph

General Duties: Caring for my birth tree (when I was alive at least)
EducationArtemis' School of Forestry


Political viewsOrpheus for King

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsA tree (Really, I'm a dryad. We're born from the trees.)
ChildrenNone. That snake took me way too early.
FriendsOrpheus (yes, he's my husband, but also my best friend)
The trees
Again... snakes


Relationship statusMarried to Orpheus


Quotations"[...] death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while."
The Princess Bride

"The planting of trees is the least self centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children."
– Thornton Wilder

"I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints – I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death."
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Love is a hidden fire, A pleasant sore, A delicious poison, A delectable pain, An agreeable torment, A sweet and throbbing wound, A gentle death."
– Fernando de Pujas

"I will always love you."
– Dolly Parton
Books"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (Sonnet 43)" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams
The Life and Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
"I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –" by Emily Dickinson
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs: An Essential Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the World
MusicI Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
Don't Look Back by She and Him
Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine
Wedding Song by Anais Mitchell (from Hadestown)
Someone Like You by Adele
Romance by Wild Flag
Born to Die by Lana Del Rey
Our Hearts by Firehorse
Fish by Wye Oak
I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
MoviesThe Princess Bride
Orpheus Descending
Almost Famous
Prelude to a Kiss
Romeo + Juliet
Black Orpheus
Shmoop favorites

Activities & Interests

LikesArbor Day
Garden tours
Dance clubs
Mongooses (because they kill snakes)
Orpheus' music
Flower Picking
Planting Trees
Dying from snake bites
Snake Extermination
GroupsBeauty Queens
Flower Pickers
Tree Enthusiasts
Music Lovers
Orpheus Fan Club
Dead Before Our Time

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