"still knitted on with the steadfastness of Fate"
The Three Fates (c. 1525)
Public DomainThe Three Fates (c. 1525) - Credit: Sodoma

In Greek mythology, Fate was personified by three sisters: Clotho (who spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle), Lachesis (who measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod) and Atropos (who cut the thread of life). Collectively known as the Moirae, they have their counterparts in the Parcae of Roman mythology and the Norns of Norse legend.

 

A Golden Thread (1885)
Public DomainA Golden Thread (1885) - Credit: John Strudwick