Anstice took a cigarette from the case his host held out, and Major Carstairs made a gesture towards the Tantalus on the table.
But in this emergency Poseidon came to the aid of the son of Tantalus.
The vineyard has no value to Tantalus, unable to reach its fruit.
A man in such a situation is somewhat like Tantalus reversed.
"Give me the key of the Tantalus," said Carrington promptly.
The next two forms, Tantalus and Sisyphus, have also a kinship.
I met a traveller who had returned from Hades where he had conversed with Tantalus and with others of the shades.
Who cannot attain the latter is a Tantalus, seeking but never reaching the fruit.
It was Tantalus and Sisyphus rolled into one unsightly package and fastened to his soul.
It was a melancholy exemplification of the story of Tantalus.
A king in classical mythology who, as punishment for having offended the gods, was tortured with everlasting thirst and hunger in Hades. He stood up to his chin in water, but each time he bent to quench his thirst, the water receded. There were boughs heavy with fruit over his head, but each time he tried to pluck them, the wind blew them out of reach.
Note: Something is “tantalizing” if it is desirable but unattainable.