Faithfulness


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Faithfulness

See also Loyalty.
To God:
To Lovers:
Abdiel
seraph who refused to join Satan’s rebellion. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Abraham
in obedience to God, would sacrifice his only son. [O.T.: Genesis 22:1–18]
Becket, Thomas
à (c. 1118–70) uncompromisingly defended the rights of the Church against King Henry II. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 2735]
Caleb
faithfully followed God in exploration of Canaan. [O.T.: Numbers 14:24–25]
Canterbury bell
flower memorializing harness bells of Canterbury pilgrims. [Br. Hist.: Espy, 303]
Hezekiah
brings people of Judah back to God. [O.T.: II Chronicles29:3–11; 31:20–21]
Jehoshaphat
destroyed idols; adjured men to follow God. [O.T.: II Chronicles 17:3–6; 19:9–11]
Job
maintains his faith despite severe trials, is finally rewarded by God. [O.T.: Job]
Josiah
tenaciously follows Moses’ law; orders keeping of Passover. [O.T.: II Kings 23:21–24]
Noah
saved from flood because of his faith. [O.T.: Genesis 6-10]

To Lovers:

Abigail
prostrates herself before David and vows devotion. [O.T.: I Samuel 25:40–41]
Akawi-ko
waits eighty years for lover to return. [Jap. Legend: Jobes, 59]
Amelia
despite financial woes, remains faithful to Booth. [Br. Lit.: Amelia]
Andromache
devoted wife of Hector. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Trojan Women; Andromache; Fr. Lit.: Andromaghe]
Aramati
name of Vedic goddess means faithfulness. [Hindu Myth.: Jobes, 117]
Arsinoë
Alcmaeon’s wife; continues to love husband though he is unfaithful. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 32]
Brandimante
loyal to lover and leader. [Ital. Lit.: Orlando Innamorato]
Briseis
loved Achilles despite her capture by Agamemnon. [Gk. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 62]
Britomart
waits many years for true love, Artegall. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Candida
ever faithful to husband. [Br. Lit.: Candida]
Charlotte
faithful to fiance lost at sea. [Br. Lit.: Fatal Curiosity]
China aster
symbol of fidelity. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 326]
Clärchen
devoted to Egmont. [Ger. Lit.: Egmont]
crow
faithful; does not mate again for nine generations. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 161]
Cynara
woman to whom Dowson is faithful in his thoughts even when consorting with others. [Br. Poetry: Barnhart, 301]
de Cleves, Princess
despite her love for another, remains faithful to her husband even after his death. [Fr. Lit.: Lafayette The Princess]
doves
faithfulness reflected in their pairing for life. [Christian Symbolism: Child, 211]
Dupre, Sally
Clay Wingate’s fiancee quietly waits for his return. [Am. Lit.: “John Brown’s Body” in Magill I, 445–448]
Enid
though falsely accused of infidelity, nurses husband through wounds. [Br. Lit.: Idylls of the King]
Evangeline
lifelong search for lover, Gabriel. [Am. Lit.: Evangeline]
heliotrope
symbol of lovers’ faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]
Hypermnestra
only one of Danaides who did not murder husband on wedding night. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 136]
Imogen
spurns the advances of Iachimo, who had wagered her husband that he could seduce her. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Cymbeline]
ivy
traditional symbol of faithfulness. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175]
key
attribute of the personified Fidelity. [Art: Hall, 184]
Laodamia
commits suicide to join husband Protesilaus in underworld. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Leonore
disguises as Fidelio to save imprisoned husband. [Ger. Opera: Beethoven, Fidelio, Westerman, 109–110]
Micawber, Mrs. Emma
swears she will never desert husband. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
Nanna
immolated herself on pyre with husband, Baldur. [Norse Myth.: Wheeler, 256]
Penelope Odysseus’
patient wife; faithful for 20 years while waiting for his return. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Odyssey]
Perseus
ever devoted to wife, Andromeda. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 200]
Pietas
goddess of faithfulness, respect, and affection. [Rom. Myth.: Kravitz, 192]
plum
symbol of faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Portia
takes own life after husband, Brutus’s, suicide. [Rom. Hist.: Plutarch’s Lives]
red on yellow
symbol of faithfulness. [Chinese Art: Jobes, 357]
Rodelinda
faithful to her deposed husband, Bertarido. [Br. Opera: Handel, Rodelinda, Westerman, 50–52]
Roxy
tries to “save” immoral husband. [Am. Lit.: Roxy]
Sita
princess abducted from her husband by the demon-king; she remains faithful throughout her captivity. [Indian Lit.: Ramayana]
Sonia
young prostitute stays near prison to comfort Raskolnikov. [Russ. Lit.: Crime and Punishment]
Valentine
a true friend and constant lover. [Br. Lit.: Two Gentlemen of Verona]
veronica
symbol of faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
violet
symbol of faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178; Kunz, 327]
Zelda
shows devotion to Dobie, who manfully resists. [TV: “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” in Terrace, II, 64–66]
References in classic literature ?
His first betrothed heard of this, and fretted so much about his faithfulness that she nearly died.
In delivering it she gave also Clare's accent and manner with reverential faithfulness.
The point where he does resemble his ideal is in his faithfulness.
He took it in his, holding me lightly with his arm, and looking down into my face with the same genuine freshness and faithfulness of manner--the old protecting manner which had made that house my home in a moment--said, "You have wrought changes in me, little woman, since the winter day in the stage-coach.
Reality has since copied Prince Carl with an astonishing faithfulness.
While her aunt Bulstrode, who had a sisterly faithfulness towards her brother's family, had two sincere wishes for Rosamond--that she might show a more serious turn of mind, and that she might meet with a husband whose wealth corresponded to her habits.
Then, too, as a simple panthan* he might win a greater degree of her confidence by his loyalty and faithfulness and a place in her esteem that seemed to have been closed to the resplendent Jed of Gathol.
The faithfulness of the monogamic couples I have referred to may be explained as a matter of habit; but my long desire for the Swift One cannot be so explained, any more than can be explained the undying enmity between me and Red-Eye.
He could not bid against Jerry's many reservations and memories, although he did win absolute faithfulness and loyalty.
Michael's heredity, rigidly selected for ages by man, was chiefly composed of fierceness and faithfulness.
I was touched by his faithfulness and, when I learned that he had eaten nothing all day, I divided my food with him.
Faithfulness and willingness characterised his toil.