Twice in this myth, incredible happiness slips away from Orpheus and Eurydice. First, it disappears after Eurydice dies on their wedding night. Then, the joy that comes from Eurydice's release is destroyed when Orpheus looks back during their ascent to the upper world. Each time, the couple's extreme happiness is only temporary. In highlighting how quickly Orpheus and Eurydice lose their joy, the myth reminds us of the fleeting nature of happiness. Hey, we didn't say this would be uplifting.