Iachimo


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Iachimo

scorns and craftily tests feminine virtue. [Br. Lit.: Cymbeline]
References in classic literature ?
Can a cook, a Chiffinch, an Iachimo be mistaken for Zeno or Paul?
Nevertheless, Whitfield claims, a few of the 1709 engravings are both forceful and memorable and so escape his general stricture: the wild storm scene for The Tempest, the "plump and villainous-looking Iachimo emerging from the trunk into Imogen's luxuriously appointed bed-chamber" in Cymbeline, the "splendid classical backdrop" for the depiction of Thaisa being rescued from her sea chest in Pericles, and the closet scene in Hamlet.
Kanajuan Bentley plays Iachimo, the Italian seducer who would sully Imogen's honor, with comic energy that is sometimes pushed over the top by his fake Italian accent.
She sleeps, at which point Iachimo rises out of the trunk he had put in her room.
Robert Luckay makes a suitably oily impression as the scheming Iachimo, and Craig Johnson gives good comic value as the wicked Queen's gross son Cloten.
When Iachimo sees "On [Imogen's] left breast / A mole cinque-spotted, like the crimson drops / I' th' bottom of a cowslip," in Shakespeare he starts to write a note of what he has seen but stops himself: "No more--to what end?
Compare another Shakespearean example of proof or evidence involving personal property, in Cymbeline: Posthumus gives Imogen a bracelet that Iachimo subsequently steals, offering it as "proof" that he has seduced Imogen.
Anton Lesser, a one-time RSC Richard III, possesses all the vaporous bile required of Iachimo, who maliciously tricks poor Posthumus, while Paul Chahidi does justice to the clod-hopping Cloten.
The slimy Iachimo has bet her husband that he can relieve the chaste young woman of her virtue while her even more vile step-brother Cloten has loutish, violent designs on her person.
Repeatedly, Posthumus Leonatus, Imogen, Iachimo, and other characters of this romantic tragicomedy apply the prefixes of "out" and "o'er" to many words to convey straining ideas of unparalleled beauty, virtue, courtesy, or betrayal and degradation.
The Machiavellian machinations of Cloten and his mother, the nameless Queen (a coolly contemptuous Carol Mayo Jenkins), are counterpointed by the Iago-like cunning of the Italian Iachimo (a suavely vicious Robertson Dean), who places an ill-advised wager with Posthumus that he can seduce Imogen.
When Posthumus, enraged by Iachimo's report of Imogen's seeming infidelity, pornographically imagines the act of betrayal, he characterizes Iachimo as 'a full Acorn'd Boare, a Iarmen on, [Who] Cry'de oh, and mounted' (TLN 1354-55).