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See also Irascibility.
Shyness (See TIMIDITY.)
Similarity (See TWINS.)
Sinfulness (See WICKEDNESS.)Caudle, Mrs. Margaret
nagging, complaining wife. [Br. Lit.: The Curtain Lectures, Walsh Modem, 90]
even King Arthur feared his uxorial virago. [Br. Lit: Tom Thumb the Great]
Frome, Zenobia (Zeena)
makes hell too hot even for the devil, who sends her back home. [Am. Balladry: “The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife”]
Ethan Frome’s hypochondriacal, nag ging, belittling wife. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome]
19th-century version: nags Pygmalion. [Aust. Operetta: von Suppé, Beautiful Galatea, Westerman, 285]
vixenish wife; keeps husband in thrall. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
“intolerably curst and shrewd and froward.” [Br. Lit.: The Taming of the Shrew]
Jurgen’s petulant wife taken from him in gratitude by the Prince of Darkness. [Am. Lit.: Jurgen in Magill I, 464]
widow; miserable to everyone. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
personification of censoriousness, constantly carping, grumbling, and finding fault. [Gk. Myth.: EB (1963) XV, 685]
continually harassed co-wife Hannah about her barrenness. [O. T.: I Samuel 1:6]
aggressive, domineering wife of Bishop Proudie. [Br. Lit.: Trollope Barchester Towers in Magill I, 55]
Norina, disguised for mock marriage, pretends to be virago. [Ital. Opera: Donizetti, Don Pasquale, Westerman, 123–124]
Mr. Bramble’s virago sister; bent on matrimony. [Br. Lit.: Humphry Clinker]
tumultuous Muslim deity (male); today, a virago. [Medieval Lit.: Espy, 125]
Socrates’ peevish, quarrelsome wife. [Gk. Hist.: Espy, 114]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.