"attended by the Furies"
The Remorse of Orestes or Orestes Pursued by the Furies (1862)
Public DomainThe Remorse of Orestes or Orestes Pursued by the Furies (1862) - Credit: William-Adolphe Bouguereau

The Furies were personifications of vengeance, sent from Tartarus to avenge wrongs and punish crime. They were known in Greek mythology as the Erinyes (the avengers) and in Roman legend as the Dirae (the terrible). In some accounts, they are identified as the three sisters, Tisiphone, Mehaera, and Alecto.

The comparison is prompted by the Marquis’ postilions, their whips lashing above their heads resembling the snakes that twined in the Furies’ hair.