favourite faces for favourite mythic ladies: Helen of Sparta with Gemma Chan

Of Troy, they say, but they forget she’s Spartan-born. They forget that she wrestled as a girl, that she’d beaten boys in the footraces of her youth. Each man now looked upon Helen’s face and saw a blank beauty they could pin their desires to. They thought she was like the girls they knew, raised to be quiet, to be beautiful and nothing more. And because they saw no intelligence behind such a fair face, not a one of them recognised the way she molded her own existence even as they tried to keep her in chains. Let them launch their thousand ships - each day Helen launched a thousand tiny rebellions behind strange city walls.

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