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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: The myth of Sisyphus

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Sisyphus knew his reokncnig was at hand. But he had another trick up his sleeve. Before dying, he asked his wife Merope to throw his body in the public surqae, from where it eventually washed up on the shores of the river Styx. Now back among the dead, Sisyphus approached Persephone, queen of the Underworld, and complained that his wife had disrespected him by not gvniig him a proper burial. prshepoene granted him permission to go back to the land of liinvg and punish mproee, on the condition that he would return when he was done. Of course, Sisyphus refused to keep his promise, now having twice escaped death by trnikcig the gods.

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Sisyphus knew his _________ was at hand. But he had another trick up his sleeve. Before dying, he asked his wife Merope to throw his body in the public ______, from where it eventually washed up on the shores of the river Styx. Now back among the dead, Sisyphus approached Persephone, queen of the Underworld, and complained that his wife had disrespected him by not ______ him a proper burial. __________ granted him permission to go back to the land of ______ and punish ______, on the condition that he would return when he was done. Of course, Sisyphus refused to keep his promise, now having twice escaped death by ________ the gods.

Solution

  1. living
  2. square
  3. giving
  4. persephone
  5. merope
  6. tricking
  7. reckoning

Original Text

Sisyphus knew his reckoning was at hand. But he had another trick up his sleeve. Before dying, he asked his wife Merope to throw his body in the public square, from where it eventually washed up on the shores of the river Styx. Now back among the dead, Sisyphus approached Persephone, queen of the Underworld, and complained that his wife had disrespected him by not giving him a proper burial. Persephone granted him permission to go back to the land of living and punish Merope, on the condition that he would return when he was done. Of course, Sisyphus refused to keep his promise, now having twice escaped death by tricking the gods.

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