Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 12:03:56 -0700
From: "A. Vine"
Subject: Re: "...they met cute..."

Larry Horn wrote:
> >
> I'm morally and aesthetically neutral on it, and I don't know the
> constituency of Jesse's collection, but I'm pretty sure the vast majority
> of citations I've come across are used (like Grant's) in a cinematic and/or
> pop-cultural context. To say that e.g. Theseus (it WAS Theseus and not
> Perseus in the labyrinth, wasn't it?) and Ariadne met cute, would be a bit
> of a stretch. I'm also pretty sure the X and Y in "X and Y met cute" have

Yes, it was Theseus who found his way out of the labyrinth with the help of
Ariadne and a ball of string. He also slayed the Minotaur, but how he slayed it
is not clear - there are a few stories.

Theseus (son of King Aegeus of Athens) volunteered to be one of the 14 young men
and women sent, essentially to be eaten by the Minotaur, in homage to King Minos
of Crete by the conquered Athenians. When the 14 Athenians were paraded around
Crete, Ariadne (Minos' daughter), saw Theseus and fell in love with him. She
agreed to help him out of the labyrinth if Theseus would marry her.

Don't know if that's the definition of meeting cute, but it certainly isn't my
idea of a good time.