"Two women, one fat and the other slim, sat on straw-bottomed chairs, knitting black wool"
Les Parques (c. 1885)
Public DomainThe Parcae (c. 1885) - Credit: Alfred Agache

Conrad's 'uncanny and fateful' knitters of wool may allude to the Fates of Greek legend, Clotho and Lachesis, who spin the thread of each man's life that is to be cut by Atropos. 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