Season: 4, Episodes: 1, Faction: The Others
Harper Stanhope was a therapist and member of the Others. She was married to Goodwin, but their relationship deteriorated, prompting Goodwin to have an affair with Juliet Burke.
On the mainland
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Harper received her bachelors degree from Columbia University and her masters degree in psychology from Yale University. (“The Other Woman-Enhanced”) She was also granted a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Hanso Foundation and another certificate from the “Experimental Social Psychology Society”. (“The Other Woman”)
On the Island
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Harper was antagonistic towards Juliet from their first meeting and became more so after she discovered Juliet was sleeping with her husband, which she discovered by following and watching them.
She warned Juliet that Ben’s obsession with her could prove lethal for Goodwin should Ben discover the affair.
Harper’s omen came to pass when Ben sent Goodwin undercover with the tail section survivors and left him there for three weeks, at which time he was killed by Ana Lucia Cortez. (“The Other Woman”)
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After Juliet left the Others, Harper found her in the jungle to deliver a message, allegedly from Ben, that Juliet should thwart Charlotte Lewis and Daniel Faraday’s mission to the Tempest at all costs. According to Harper, the freighter team members were being sent to unleash a type of nerve gas that would kill every living person on the Island. Harper claimed to be acting under Ben’s orders even though Ben was being imprisoned by Locke at the time. She then disappeared after Jack and Juliet were distracted by whispers in the jungle. (“The Other Woman”)
It was not revealed when and how Harper died, or if she even died at all. Other living persons such as Walt have manifested themselves on the island, even being accompanied by the whispers. It is also possible that it was the Man in Black since Harper was imploring Juliet to stop Charlotte and Daniel which would have resulted in the gas being released, killing off the candidates.
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(Unut, Wenet) Wennut, the Goddess of the 15th nome, or district, of Upper Egypt, in which the city of Hermopolis was located, is depicted as a hare, or as a woman with the head of a hare or with the sign of a hare over her head. Wennut’s name has been interpreted as meaning ‘the swift one’, from wni, ‘to hasten’, but it also may be related to wnn, ‘to be, exist’, as well as to wnwt, ‘hour’ or division of time generally. The element wnn meaning to exist is also part of the almost constant epithet of Osiris, wnn-nfr or ‘Onnophris’, ‘He who exists/persists in well-being’. The little that is known about the nature of Wennut, therefore, should perhaps be read in the light of Egyptian ideas concerning being and non-being, wnn and tm wnn or nn wnn, on which see especially Hornung, 1982, pp. 172-185.
The antiquity of Wennut’s cult is suggested by BD spell 137A, which claims to have been discovered by “the king’s son Hardedef,” that is, the son of the Fourth Dynasty king Khufu (Cheops), “in a chest of secrets in the God’s own writing in the house of Wennut, the lady of Hermopolis, when sailing upstream making inspections in the temples, in the fields, and in the mounds of the Gods.” In CT spell 47 the operator, acting on behalf of the deceased, juxtaposes Wennut with Thoth: “May Thoth ennoble you [the deceased] with his [var., ‘your’] beauty, may Wennut make firm your head for you.” In CT spell 495 the deceased states, “I extend my arm in company with Shu, I am released in company with Wennut.” In spell 720, “To become a dawn-God and to live by means of magicians,” the deceased affirms “I will act as one who is sent to the Gods, and my voice is that of Wennut.” The voice of Wennut is, we might say, the voice of being as opposed to the voice of nonbeing; in a similar vein, one of the denials from the so-called ‘negative confession’ of BD spell 125 is “I do not know the nonexistent.” In CT spell 316, for “Becoming the fiery eye of Horus,” the operator states “I am the wnwn.t of the Lady of Unu [Wennut],” punning on Wennut’s name with a word, wnwn, that means to move about, either in the sense of travelling or in the stationary sense, as a child moves about in the womb (as in PT utterance 430). A spell to ease childbirth (no. 61 in Borghouts) invokes, among others, ‘Wennut, lady of Wenu’. In the fragmentary CT spell 942, an unknown deity is identified with Wennut by the phrase “…she has nothing which has been done against her, in this her name of Wennut”; perhaps because what is not being, is not, and hence is nothing?
Originally, Wennut had the form of a snake and was called “The swift one”. She came from the fifteenth Upper Egyptian province and was worshipped with Thoth at its capital Hermopolis. Later she was depicted with a woman’s body and a hare’s head. She was taken into the cult of Horus and later of Re. Her name can be represented with five different hieroglyphs, but she appears rarely in literature and inscriptions. An exceptional sculpture of her has been found by American archaeologists and is probably the only one of its kind found so far. Her name was taken in to the highest royal position just once in the long Egyptian history. The only king bearing her name was Unas from dynasty five.
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In Greek mythology, a harpy (“snatcher”) was one of the winged spirits best known for constantly stealing all food from Phineas. The literal meaning of the word seems to be “that which snatches” as it comes from the ancient Greek word harpazein (ἁρπάζειν), which means “to snatch”.
A harpy was the mother by the West Wind Zephyros of the horses of Achilles. In this context Jane Ellen Harrison adduced the notion in Virgil’s Georgics (iii.274) that mares became gravid by the wind alone, marvelous to say.
Hesiod calls them two “lovely-haired” creatures, perhaps euphemistically. Harpies as ugly winged bird-women, e.g. in Aeschylus’ The Eumenides (line 50) are a late development, due to a confusion with the Sirens. Roman and Byzantine writers detailed their ugliness.
Phineas, a king of Thrace, had the gift of prophecy. Zeus, angry that Phineas revealed too much, punished him by blinding him and putting him on an island with a buffet of food which he could never eat. The harpies always arrived and stole the food out of his hands right before he could satisfy his hunger, and befouled the remains of his food. This continued until the arrival of Jason and the Argonauts. The Boreads, sons of Boreas, the North Wind, who also could fly, succeeded in driving off the harpies, but without killing any of them, following a request from Iris, who promised that Phineas would not be bothered by the harpies again, and “the dogs of great Zeus” returned to their “cave in Minoan Crete”. Thankful for their help, Phineas told the Argonauts how to pass the Symplegades. (Argonautica, book II; Ovid XIII, 710; Virgil III, 211, 245).
In this form they were agents of punishment who abducted people and tortured them on their way to Tartarus. They were vicious, cruel and violent. They lived on Strophades. They were usually seen as the personifications of the destructive nature of wind. The harpies in this tradition, now thought of as three sisters instead of the original two, were: Aello (“storm swift”), Celaeno (“the dark”) — also known as Podarge (“fleet-foot”) — and Ocypete (“the swift wing”).
Celaeno (“The Dark”)
In Greek mythology, Celaeno (‘the dark one’) referred to several different beings.
Celaeno or Celeno was a monster, a harpy whom Aeneas encountered at Strophades. She gave him prophecies of his coming journeys. She was one of three sisters, each of whom represented a different aspect of a great storm. Her name means “darkness” or “blackness”. She was described as the lover of the west wind, Zephyrus, and with him bore the talking horses of Achilles, Balius and Xanthus. She was also sometimes known as Podarge (“fleet foot”).
Ocypete (“The Swift Wing”)
Ocypete (“swift wing”) was one of the three harpies in Greek mythology. She was also known as Ocypode (“swift foot”) or Ocythoe (“swift runner”). Ocypete was the swiftest of all the three harpies. According to the Greek mythological story even with her speed she quickly ran out of energy and crash-landed on an island in the middle of the ocean and begged for mercy from the Gods. In Greek and Roman mythology the Harpies were creatures employed by the higher gods to carry out the punishment of crime. They were three in number : Aello, Ocypete, and Celaeno, or Podarge; and were said to be daughters of the giant Thaumas and the Oceanid nymph Electra.
Aeneas encountered harpies on the Strophades as they repeatedly made off with the feast the Trojans were setting. Celaeno cursed them, saying the Trojans will be so hungry they will eat their tables before they reach the end of their journey. The Trojans fled in fear.
Harpies remained vivid in the Middle Ages. In his Inferno, XIII, Dante envisages the tortured wood infested with harpies, where the suicides have their punishment in the second ring.