In the tale of the “lyoun” and the “mous” it makes me think about Everyman’s acquaintance with death. It seems the characters in both situations run into their potential deaths. When the lion snatches up the mouse from dancing on him, the mouse is instantly thinking her end is near, much like when death comes along to greet Everyman. The mouse and Everyman have one thing in common, they were living their lives quite greedily before their run in with death. The mouse was dancing on top of the lion that she assumed might have been dead, and then when the lion grabs her, she is all of a sudden apologetic for her violating actions. Once Everyman is acquainted with death, he immediately asks for more time to make things right for his fate when he realizes that the life he’s been living is headed down the wrong path.
After reading these stories, I think it’s a sign. My sexual actions upon Sir Gawain have left me a very dirty woman. Whether I was intending to trick Gawain’s nobility by the orders of my Lord or whether I wanted to indulge in sexual pleasures with him myself, I have disgraced thy Heavenly Father. If death were to come upon me at this moment, I would be headed straight for hell. I’ve used my body and mind to manipulate a man who is not my husband into partaking in a sin that is the oldest in the book! If only God would grant me the same mercy the lion granted the mouse if he were to send Death my way, but if he didn’t for Everyman, I don’t think I’d be much of an exception.
Although…that little mouse had quite a way with words, as do I…we are women. Her manipulative nature seem to get her out of harms way, and in turn, she was actually right about the lion needing her help later on. I feel that if I could talk my way to Death, I could potentially buy some more time to make things right. Ha! I’m only being foolish now. My manipulative ways will change, hopefully before it’s too late.