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cuckold

noun An older term for a man whose wife has been unfaithful.
 
verb To commit adultery on one’s husband; as in, to make a cuckold of one’s husband.
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All social figures and institutions are a deceit to those foolish enough to trust to them, and a foolish trust is the defining characteristic of cuckolding. Even at this moment when he bemoans affectation, Horner, as its greatest operator, is practicing it with his "friends," who do not know he is not a eunuch.
(29) Horner doesn't manage to really avoid any of the evils of the state of nature in his cuckolding commonwealth; he and all those who are not trustworthy create a phantasm of lies.
The two other cuckolding plotlines of the play, which center around Margery and Alithea respectively, conflict in opposite ways with the ethos of cuckolding, on the literal and epistemological level.
Although she is not really an ideal character, she cannot yet be--either literally or epistemologically--a cuckolding character either because of her naive linguistic state.
Margery slowly learns the duplicity that is necessary to survive in this culture of cuckolding, to the point where we are shown the ludicrous triumph of disguise that has her dressed up as Alithea, leading Pinchwife to Horner to deliver her up to him.
Although Alithea shows how to operate in a truthful fashion in a cuckolding world, her behavior might seem hopelessly naive.
In a providential fashion--"in the nick of an exigency, for the relief of innocence"--Alithea is delivered from the hell of a cuckolding world when Harcourt places faith in her word.
We are far from the Hobbesian world of a selfish grasping after power and of exclusive materialism, and far from the realm of cuckolding meaning.
This is in its own way a form of cuckolding meaning that is performed upon the audience by the playwright, hoisting them with their own petards.
That the dance represents the whole world of the plays social relationships and of meaning itself as cuckolding is not the end of the symbolism of the dance.
On pages 115-16, the authors recognize this, and re-instate family ties as central to political power in the second tetralogy, seemingly a contradiction of their earlier argument that if family is central to kingship, women's cuckolding power should still be threatening.