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Lust

Aeshma
fiend of evil passion. [Iranian Myth.: Leach, 17]
Aholah and Aholibah
lusty whores; bedded from Egypt to Babylon. [O.T.: Ezekiel 23:1–21]
Alcina
lustful fairy. [Ital. Lit.: Orlando Furioso]
Ambrosio, Father
supposedly virtuous monk goatishly ravishes maiden. [Br. Lit.: The Monk]
Angelo
asked by Isabella to cancel her brother’s death sentence, Angelo agrees if she will yield herself to him. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Measure for Measure]
Aphrodite Porne
patron of lust and prostitution. [Gk. Myth.: Espy, 16]
Armida’s Garden
symbol of the attractions of the senses. [Ital. Lit.: Jerusalem Delivered]
Aselges
personification of lasciviousness. [Br. Lit.: The Purple Island, Brewer Handbook, 67]
Ashtoreth
goddess of sexual love. [Phoenician Myth.: Zimmer-man, 32]
Asmodeus
female spirit of lust. [Jew. Myth.: Jobes, 141]
Balthazar B
shy gentleman afloat on sea of lasciviousness. [Am. Lit.: The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B]
Belial
demon of libidinousness and falsehood. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Bess
Porgy’s “temporary” woman; she knew weakness of her will and flesh. [Am. Lit.: Porgy, Magill I, 764–766; Am. Opera: Gershwin, Porgy and Bess]
Brothers Karamazov, The
family given to the pleasures of flesh. [Russ. Lit.: The Brothers Karamazov]
Caro
loathsome hag; personification of fleshly lust. [Br. Lit.: The Purple Island, Brewer Handbook, 180]
Casanova
(1725–1798) loving (and likable) libertine. [Ital. Hist.: Espy, 130]
Cleopatra
(69–30 B.C.) Egyptian queen, used sex for power. [Egyptian Hist.: Wallechinsky, 323]
Don Juan
literature’s most active seducer: “in Spain, 1003.” [Span. Lit.: Benét, 279; Ger. Opera: Mozart, Don Giovanni, Espy, 130–131]
elders of Babylon
condemn Susanna when carnal passion goes unrequited. [Apocrypha: Daniel and Susanna]
Falstaff, Sir John
fancies himself a lady-killer. [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor]
Fritz the Cat
a tomcat in every sense. [Comics: Horn, 266–267]
goat
lust incarnate. [Art: Hall, 139]
hare
attribute of sexual desire incarnate. [Art: Hall, 144]
horns
attribute of Pan and the satyr; symbolically, lust. [Rom. Myth.: Zimmerman, 190; Art: Hall, 157]
Hartman, Rev. Curtis
lusts after a young woman viewed at her window, but turns the experience into a hysterical sense of redemption. [Am. Lit.: Winesburg, Ohio]
John of the Funnels, Friar
monk advocating lust. [Fr. Lit.: Gargantua and Pantagruel]
Lilith
sensual female; mythical first wife of Adam. [O.T.: Genesis 4:16]
long ears
symbol of licentiousness. [Indian Myth.: Leach, 333]
Lothario
heartless libertine and active seducer. [Br. Lit.: Fair Penitent, Espy, 129]
Malecasta
personification of wantonness. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Montez, Lola
(1818–1861) beguiling mistress to the eminent. [Br. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 325]
Obidicut
fiend; provokes men to gratify their lust. [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
Pan
man-goat of bawdy and lecherous ways. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 798]
Paphnutius
monk converts a courtesan but cannot overcome his lust for her. [Fr. Lit.: Anatole France Thaïs in Benét, 997]
pig
attribute of lust personified. [Art: Hall, 247]
Porneius
personification of fornication. [Br. Lit.: The Purple Island, Brewer Handbook, 865]
Priapus
monstrous genitals led him on the wayward path. [Rom. Myth.: Hall, 252]
Ridgeon, Sir Colenso
refrains from using his tuberculosis cure to save the life of a man whose wife he coveted. [Br. Lit.: Shaw The Doctor’s Dilemma in Sobel, 173]
Robinson, Mrs.
middle-aged lady lusts after young graduate. [Am. Lit.: The Graduate; Am. Music: “Mrs. Robinson”]
Salome
in her provocative Dance of the Seven Veils. [Aust. Opera: R. Strauss, Salome, Westerman, 417]
Spanish
jasmine flower symbolizing lust. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175]
Vathek
devotes his life to sexual and other sensuous indulgences. [Br. Lit.: Beckford Vathek]
Villiers, George
first Duke of Buckingham and libidinous dandy. [Br. Lit.: Waverley]
widow of Ephesus
weeping over her husband’s corpse, she is cheered by a compassionate sentry and they become ardent lovers in the burial vault. [Rom. Lit.: Satyricon]
Zeus
the many loves of this god have made his name a byword for sexual lust. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 297–301]
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