Where there is cuckolding there can be no trust, or rather, there is always trust betrayed.
While telling Horner how virtue operates in her world, Lady Fidget inadvertently gives the best definition of how cuckolding is the central symbol for meaning in this materialist's world: "our virtue is like the State-mans Religion, the Quaker's Word, the Gamester's Oath, and the Great Man's Honour, but to cheat those that trust us" (351).
The passage in question is intertextually quite important, for it exhibits the first fragment from Ariadne's Catullan lament in "Sur des vets de Virgile," one single hexameter in a context addressing marriage and, as Rabelais's Panurge too well knows, its irremediable counterpart, the cuckolding
or "cocuage" of the husband:
If you value your mate at all then don't even contemplate cuckolding
After the ritual humiliation and cuckolding
of her husband I'm surprised she received any settlement at all.
exploits the ostensibly commonplace ingredients of a cuckolding
plot to produce a novel vision of marital discord.
Blair is likely to find the task of taming his party's left wing a tad more difficult than Clinton's cuckolding
of the Democratic Party.
Despite Pinchwife's efforts, Margery soon becomes familiar with the fashionable ways of the city and ends by cuckolding
him with the libertine Horner, who has spread the rumor that he himself is a eunuch to facilitate his access to willing wives.
This is an extraordinary moment: while Restoration comedy teems with cuckolding
plots, rarely do the characters pause and ask outright what would really be wrong with adulterous sex, especially if all parties agreed.
In addition to the aforementioned title-role performances, Carol Keis is an insidious delight as Andrei's ever-manipulative provincial wife, Natasha, who proceeds to overthrow the sisters to take over rule of the house while offhandedly cuckolding
In the first tetralogy, the authors argue, kingly power is dynastic (on the medieval model), and hence disruptable by cuckolding
females: "because the transmission of patrilineal authority could take place only through the bodies of women, it was vulnerable .
Lovers The Act, which is still in force, warns of the dire consequences of cuckolding
The central characters are a lech who has his doctor spread the rumor that he's been rendered impotent (so that husbands, fearing cuckolding
above all else, will push their wives into his ``safe'' company) and a foolish old husband who keeps his young country wife locked in a closet when he brings her to town (which only fuels her desire to steal away for a taste of the city's debauched pleasures).