"Did you think you could play at Ganymede, for ever?"
Ganymede serving Zeus
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGanymede serving Zeus - Credit: David Moran, Flickr

In Greek mythology Ganymede, or Ganymedes, was the son of a King of Troy, with whom Zeus fell in love.

The word catamite, meaning a boy kept for sexual pleasure by a paedophile, is derived from the name Ganymede.

Ganymede is also the name given to Rosalind, the heroine of Shakespeare's play As You Like It, when she is disguised as a boy.

Sarah Waters might have had either, or both, of these characters in mind at this particular point in the text.


Public Domain'Rosalind' - Credit: Robert Walker Macbeth