The tragic romance of Pyramus and Thisbe, as told by Ovid, is a story from Roman mythology. So tragic was the story that Shakespeare used it as the basis of Romeo and Juliet some many years later. The story tells of two young lovers who were unable to express their love because of a feud between their families. The only way that they could talk was through a crack in the wall that separated their living quarters. They would whisper to each other as often as they could until one day they decided to meet far away from their homes and near a mulberry tree. Arriving first, Thisbe encounters a lioness soon after a fresh kill. The bloody animal scares Thisbe away and in her haste Thisbe drops her veil. Coming upon the scene Pyramus sees the lioness and the veil nearby that Thisbe had dropped. Thinking the worst he falls upon his sword and perishes. Blood from his wound splashes the nearby mulberry tree staining the white mulberry fruits. Thisbe finally returns to the scene in hopes of telling her lover of the encounter with the beast at their meeting spot. Instead she comes upon her perished love and in turn falls upon the same sword. Before she dies she laments the loss of her love and in turn the Gods hear her pleas and forever stain the mulberry fruits blood red to honor the forbidden love.