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Bossier's most radical contribution is a reevaluation of the role of Neo-Confucianism in the promotion of wifely and widowly fidelity.
8) The misogynist assertion of woman's doubleness (9) and the ideological privileging of inwardness collide with particular force in the presence of the widow's tears, especially as Chapman stages such a direct intersection of theatrical and widowly performativity.
Both the question of masculine value inherent in widowly constancy and the uncovered woman's potential for social disruption are connected in the bodies in this Ephesian tomb, as the widow's choices change the meaning of her first husband and her first marriage.
Vives describes how easily she can acquire "an yll name," (21) clearly as great a hazard as ill deeds, especially as evidenced in his list of widowly virtues: "chast, honest, of good fame, and vertuous.