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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]