And skip stones on the River Styx
And be the first to abandon ship
A pretty vivid contrast is made here: Skipping stones across a body of water is a carefree, almost childish activity, and the Styx was one of 2 rivers that separated the world of the living from the underworld in Greek mythology.
Supposedly, the dead would wait at the banks of this river for the boatman Charon (depicted as a skeletal figure in the above image) who would ferry them across the river to the land of the dead.
The Styx was also known as “the river of forgetfullness”-it was thought that drinking a drop of it’s waters would erase all of one’s memory. Perhaps this is why the prophetic Golden Boy is so eager to “abandon ship” and take a dive in the Styx’s waters.
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