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Story summary: Erysichthon

King Erysichthon cuts down a tree sacred to Demeter in order to show that the gods do not exist. In revenge the gods send Hunger to visit Erysichthon. Permanently hungry Erysichthon eats his way through his fortune and even sells his daughter into slavery to feed his habit. Demeter takes pity on Erysichthon’s daughter. She enables her to escape slavery by giving her the power to vanish and the power to take on any shape. The daughter uses these powers to make money so that she can buy food for her father, but his hunger is insatiable and he ends up eating himself.

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