July 29 1815: Raining in Plymouth


During the whole of the 29th of July it rained incessantly, and nothing worth relating took place: the Frenchmen were deprived of their usual amusement of admiring the ladies, and being admired in return, not a boat having made its appearance. They often remarked, with the characteristic vivacity of their nation, that they were placed in the situation of Tantalus,—so many beauties in view, without the possibility of approaching them.

— Captain Maitland of H.M.S. Bellerophon writes about July 29 1815.

Tantalus was the son of Zeus and the Nymph Plouto. Tantalus scandalized the Olympian gods by cutting up his son Pelops, boiling him, and serving  him up in a banquet to the gods. The displeased gods condemned Tantalus to an eternal punishment in Tartarus, where he was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a tree with low branches full of fruit, but with the fruit always being out of his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink.

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