When Narcissus died the pool of his pleasure changed from a cup of sweet waters into a cup of salt tears.
The Oreads, nymphs of the mountains and grottoes, came to the pool weeping, intending to comfort it with their songs.
Upon seeing the pool's transformation, the Oreads expressed their understanding of its grief, as Narcissus was indeed very beautiful. They mentioned how Narcissus would always pass them by, but he would seek the pool to lie on its banks and admire his reflection in its waters.The pool, however, questioned Narcissus' beauty.
The Oreads were surprised by this and asked the pool who would know Narcissus' beauty better than itself, as it was the very mirror in which he admired his reflection. The pool then revealed that it loved Narcissus not because of his beauty, but because when he looked into the pool, the pool could see its own beauty reflected in his eyes.
But was Narcissus beautiful? said the pool.