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Cuckoldry

Actaeon’s horns
symbol of cuckoldry. [Medieval and Ren. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 5]
antlers
metaphorical decoration for deceived husband. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 395]
Arveragus
delivers wife to adulterer to keep promise. [Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales, “The Franklin’s Tale”]
Boylan, Blazes
cuckolds Leopold Bloom. [Irish Lit.: James Joyce Ulysses in Magill I, 1040]
Cabot, Ephraim
Abbie, his young wife, seduces his youngest son Eben. [Am. Drama: Eugene O’Neill Desire Under the Elms]
Chatterley, Sir Clifford
cripple whose wife has a prolonged affair with his gamekeeper. [Br. Lit.: D. H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley’s Lover in Benét, 559]
cuckoo
symbolizes adulterous betrayal by wife. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 395; Mercatante, 164]
del Sarto, Andrea
cuckolded Florentine painter; protagonist of Browning’s poem. [Art Hist.: Walsh Modern, 19–20; Br. Lit.: “Andrea del Sarto” in Norton, 778–783]
Hildebrand, Old
sent away while wife and preacher play. [Ger. Fairy Tale: Grimm, 333]
Mannon, Ezra
kindly general deceived by adulterous wife and murdered. [Am. Lit.: Mourning Becomes Electra]
Mark, King
by Tristan after May-December marriage to Isolde. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Tristan and Isolde, Westerman, 220]
Menelaus
his wife, Helen, was also Paris’s lover. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]
Rubin, Maximiliano
sickly pharmacist; wife’s infidelities begin on wedding night. [Span. Lit.: Fortunata and Jacinta]
Trusotsky
learns from his dead wife’s letters that she had numerous lovers and that he is not the father of his child. [Russ. Lit.: Dostoevsky The Eternal Husband]
Uriah the Hittite
while he is at war, his wife sleeps with David. [O.T.: II Samuel 11:6]
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The most obvious meaning of the dance is that it is a symbolic representation and mocking parody of the literal cuckolds in the play, who are right there in front of the dancers: Sir Japer Fidget and Pinchwife; and, though he is not yet married, Sparkish has an honorary position in this group, having forced Harcourt into his fiancee's arms.
The triumph of the cuckold marks a new phase in English history: embracing one's inner cuckold celebrates--albeit in overtly cynical ways--a nation recovering from a leveling rebellion that it must, with the help of repeated performances of The Country Wife, Marriage la Mode, and other sex comedies, remember to forget.
When we come back to the second instance of the plaint of Ariadne breaking through the essay's fabric ("Postquam cupidae mentis libido satiata est"), it is important to note how the whole passage resonates with the poignancy we have just found to surround the feminized cuckold.
As if it weren't enough that the wife who is 17 years younger than him has been having a dalliance with someone nearer her own age, he has had to cope with duplicating his role as cuckold on a London stage every night.
Much of the comedy is supplied by tubby cuckold Baron Zeta, played by Victor Spinetti.
With his years in showbiz Les ought to know that the only way to stop people making cuckold jokes is to make better ones himself.
He is appealing the fine, and his barrister has said: "The cuckold is no longer a figure of fun.
But then that might be because Hugh Bonneville's cuckold is a recognisably realistic nice dullard (his dinner conversation of fevers and fractures is wonderfully funny) and lover Greg Wise is doing his usual handsome bounder and a cad routine.
It turns out his wife has left him for a young French waiter (Melvil Poupaud) and it's not long before the cuckold has got together with his fearsomely hard mates to kidnap his love rival with the intention of doing him damage.
Of course, infidelity was always a rich theme in the Bard's canon - the cuckold, the cheated wife, misled suitor and trusted go-between are all constructs of such wonderful and varied interpretation.
In ``Tinker, Tailor,'' which aired in 1980 and has been digitally remastered for DVD, Guinness plays cuckold George Smiley, a semi-retired secret agent during the Cold War who is brought back to find a mole inside the Circus, the code name for the British Secret Intelligence Service.
In ``The Imaginary Cuckold,'' Bedford takes on a different character, also named Sganarelle, who, thanks to a series of comic sexual misunderstandings that would rival a ``Three's Company'' marathon, becomes convinced his wife is stepping out.