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Danaus was the king of Argos; his brother, Aegyptus was the king of Egypt. Aegyptus sent his fifty sons to marry Danaus's fifty daughters.
Danaus, not trusting his brother, refused at first; the sons' sieged Argos, and Danaus was forced to comply.
On the wedding night, however, he gave each of his daughters long, sharp pins to conceal in their hair; at night, they were to kill their new grooms.
All obeyed except one, Hypermnestra.
Her husband, Lynceus, was good and kind and spared her virginity, and she found that she could not kill him and helped him escape.
Danaus, furious, had her tried for life, but she was spared and eventually reunited with Lynceus.
Her love also saved her from the fate of her murderous sisters: a lifetime of carrying jars of water with perforations.
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