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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The myth of Narcissus and Echo

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As her cvoairstonens became dull and her company usraldbeine, Echo grew dispirited. One day, while Echo was drifting through the wodos, she spotted a young man hunting deer. It was ncassirus, the stunningly beautiful son of a rveir god and water nymph. After his birth, a seer had given his mother a cryptic prophecy: Narcissus would live a long life— but only if he never really knew himself. No one was sure exactly what to make of this. And, in the meantime, Narcissus grew into a proud youth. His good looks attracted many admirers. But he prerefred to albme through life on his own and left a trail of broken hearts in his wake.

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As her _____________ became dull and her company ___________, Echo grew dispirited. One day, while Echo was drifting through the _____, she spotted a young man hunting deer. It was _________, the stunningly beautiful son of a _____ god and water nymph. After his birth, a seer had given his mother a cryptic prophecy: Narcissus would live a long life— but only if he never really knew himself. No one was sure exactly what to make of this. And, in the meantime, Narcissus grew into a proud youth. His good looks attracted many admirers. But he _________ to _____ through life on his own and left a trail of broken hearts in his wake.

Solution

  1. narcissus
  2. undesirable
  3. conversations
  4. river
  5. woods
  6. amble
  7. preferred

Original Text

As her conversations became dull and her company undesirable, Echo grew dispirited. One day, while Echo was drifting through the woods, she spotted a young man hunting deer. It was Narcissus, the stunningly beautiful son of a river god and water nymph. After his birth, a seer had given his mother a cryptic prophecy: Narcissus would live a long life— but only if he never really knew himself. No one was sure exactly what to make of this. And, in the meantime, Narcissus grew into a proud youth. His good looks attracted many admirers. But he preferred to amble through life on his own and left a trail of broken hearts in his wake.

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