“Today, I do not have the strength to pretend I like you.” is a quote I came across some years ago when I was researching for the series. While reading about the saints I came across an interesting quote that’s still in usage today.
St. Agnes in 304 A.D., supposedly told her persecutor and pursuer. The young man who was having her condemned to death by beheading for refusing to marry him. While others begged her to accept his offer and live she allegedly said, “Today, I do not have the strength to pretend I like you.”
She’s accredited with the gift of empathy.
Obviously, he was a very horrible person to make a saint prefer death than be his wife. Some say her displeasing him is why she was executed but I doubt that. His ego was why she had to die. Back then if a man of means said you were to be his wife to say no was not taken kindly. He asked her several times and she said no, so to save face he had her beheaded.
Remember, she was only about thirteen to fifteen years old when she was martyred. So teens wasn’t so different nearly two thousand years ago than today. Yes, the story of why she was beheaded is a messed up story by any era’s standard. Let alone by today’s standard.
Keep in mind, this is not the same St. Agnes widely known fro her charity work. This is an earlier one. There many St. Agnes, but I am referring to the original one.
Come to think of it, placing the picture and painting side by side, she and Raven are wearing somewhat the same facial expression.