Hey all, first time posting. I wanted to share a theory, tear it apart as you will.
I was finishing my copy of Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 last night. In the bonus section is a short story from one of the Vertigo specials, 9 pages if I recall. It is about Desire and her meeting some people on a train and fucking with them. That's not important, what's important is that I think they revealed who Despair used to be. If you'll recall (those who've read it), Despair isn't the original. The first Despair got killed and the current took her place. They never said who she was previous Endless-wise. But in this short comic the poet dude recites a piece about Desire in which he drops a line similar to this:
"The Devotion That Became Despair"
Did anyone else notice this, and am I just reading a ridiculous amount into this? I just can't trust this Gaiman fellow as far as I can throw him. Damn it.
TLDR: Devotion became Despair.
Will get the exact line when I get home.