Infidelity’s Dark Night

  • Abi Doukhan


The notion of patience is, however, inseparable from the virtue of trust which every proficient lover must learn to cultivate. This chapter constitutes a commentary on the metaphor of the “lilies” which can be read as hinting to the other women that the man cannot help noticing and desiring. Yet, accompanying this reference is the woman’s three-fold faithful affirmation: “My lover is mine and I am his.” This statement occurs twice accompanying the reference to lilies, but the third time the lilies are gone: The man seems to have committed. What made the difference? What happened for the man to commit? The key, I argue, lies in the formulation of the woman, “My lover is mine and I am his.” Therein lies her secret! This whole chapter constitutes, as such, a meditation on trust and its power to inspire love and commitment.

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  • Abi Doukhan
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  1. 1.Queens College, CUNYFlushingUSA

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