Cuckoldry


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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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Musacchio unpacks the ensuing complexity through popular Florentine conceptions of adultery, cuckoldry, and house scorning.
Masculine anxieties around old age, impotence, and cuckoldry were still present three centuries later despite progress in the sciences and the liberal sociopolitical attitudes promoted by the Spanish Second Republic (1931-36).
While the threat of cuckoldry from conspecifics has been incorporated into investigations of mobbing behavior (Berziiis et al., 2010), we could not find examples from the literature on mobbing that address other risks presented by conspecifics during mobbing.
(4.2.10-18) The song hovers uneasily between self-glorification and self-mockery, since horns could also signify cuckoldry. But the song's "lusty horn" has phallic power as well as suggesting impotence.
Moreover, just prior to asking for Bardolph's whereabouts, Falstaff rails against a reluctant creditor, charging him with cuckoldry via an elaborate figure: "And yet he cannot see, though he have his own lantern to light him" (1.2.4748).
Themes range from cuckoldry to corruption and draw much laughter from an audience, releasing the tension raised by the melodrama of the main story.
We don't know why, but Benedick muses, when explaining why he remains a bachelor, about the inevitability of wearing horns-i.e., a fear of cuckoldry. Ben Carlson's Benedick exhibits a real bitterness in these lines, suggesting they are not merely a pro forma masculine complaint.
Clearly men have much to lose if they fail to guard their mates adequately: the threat of cuckoldry, with attendant losses in direct fitness and in misplaced paternal investment, helps to explain why human males resort to coercive, sometimes brutal, means to ensure exclusive fidelity in their female partners (Buss 2000, 34-35).
His story does end in this ease--"This Januarie, who is glad but he?" (2412)--but also in its opposite, his cuckoldry unrepentantly accomplished and successfully concealed.
In the episode of the Sibyl of Panzoust, the signs generated by absence and loss in the porous text have pointed to emasculation and cuckoldry and will lead Panurge next to begin a new consultation, one with Nazdecabre, a mute, who, continuing with absence of speech, will communicate the same prediction.
For this, the birds likely employ the swingers' solution of swapping DNA via cuckoldry. Genetic analyses increasingly reveal that few monogamous bird species actually are--at least sexually speaking.
For Shakespeare's frustrated, aristocratic lovers whose labors arc lost because of the message of a death, the cuckoo in the song of spring heralds the specter of cuckoldry in that season's erotic frenzy, while the owl of winter wisely oversees the "merry" consolations of the humblest aspects of domestic life.