For instance, the first letter compares him to a hare, "Your forehed, mouth, and nose so flatte,/In short conclusyon best lykened to an hare" (9); the further observation "So vngoodly youre helys ye lyfte" (27) may be another allusion to this notoriously cupidinous
member of the medieval bestiary.
As Tracy Adams herself admits, at first she had assumed that Isabeau's historical reputation--as someone who was cupidinous
, dissolute, greedy, quarrelsome, fractious, obese, and an unnatural mother--was factual.
However, it is also applicable to someone who plans to obtain some other cupidinous
goal by cashing in, as it were, on physical integrity.
My romantic life couldn't have been sweeter, my health was close to rosy, the writing was going well, finances were adequate, and while the horror show that that cupidinous
cult of corporate vampires was making of our federal government might be enough to drive me to drink (a trip I'm seldom reluctant to take), the political knavery does not exist that could drive me into the drink.