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Luciana

Keeping Adultery Hidden

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Whether in comedy or tragedy, Shakespeare’s characters advise the prudence of spouses, whether husbands or wives, of keeping their dalliances hidden. Luciana advises the man she thinks is her brother-in-law in Comedy of Errors to tell his wife, Luciano’s sister, nothing. Iago’s observation about the adulteries of Venetian women in Othello, is similar.
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A man is master of his liberty

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A man is master of his liberty:
Time is their master, and when they see time,
They’ll go or come.
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Act 2
Scene 1
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And may it be that you have quite forgot

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And may it be that you have quite forgot
A husband’s office? Shall, Antipholus,
Even in the spring of love thy love-springs rot?
Shall love, in building,  grow so ruinous?
If you did wed my sister for her wealth,
Then for her wealth’s sake use her with more kindness.
Or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth —
Muffle your false love with some show of blindness.
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Act 3
Scene 2
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Or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth

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Or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth,
Muffle your false love with some show of blindness:
Let not my sister read it in your eyeHyperbaton;
Be not thy tongue thy own shame’s oratorHyperbaton and Synecdoche:
Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyaltyIsocolon;
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Act 3
Scene 2
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Keeping Adultery Hidden

Then pleaded I for you

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Luciana
Then pleaded I for you.
Adriana
And what said he?
Luciana
That love I begged for you he begged of me.
Adriana
With what persuasion did he tempt thy love?

I cannot, nor I will not hold me still.
My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.
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Act 4
Scene 2
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