The most famous of the fées of France. Having enclosed
her father in a high mountain for offending her mother, she was
condemned to become every Saturday a serpent from her waist downward.
When she married Raymond, Count of Lusignan, she made her husband vow
never to visit her on a Saturday; but, the jealousy of the count being
excited, he hid himself on one of the forbidden days, and saw his
wife's transformation. Melusina was now obliged to quit her mortal
husband, and was destined to wander about as a spectre till the day of
doom. Some say the count immured her in the dungeon of his castle. (See Undine.)
Cri de Mélusine.
A sudden scream; in allusion to the scream of despair uttered by
the fairy when she discovered the indiscreet visit of her beloved
husband. (See above.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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