588. Shrewishness (See also Irascibility.)
- Caudle, Mrs. Margaret nagging, complaining wife. [Br. Lit.: The Curtain Lectures, Walsh Modem, 90]
- Dollallolla, Queen even King Arthur feared his uxorial virago. [Br. Lit: Tom Thumb the Great ]
- farmer’s wife makes hell too hot even for the devil, who sends her back home. [Am. Balladry: “The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife”]
- Frome, Zenobia (Zeena) Ethan Frome’s hypochondriacal, nag ging, belittling wife. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome ]
- Galatea 19th-century version: nags Pygmalion. [Aust. Operetta: von Suppé, Beautiful Galatea, Westerman, 285]
- Gargery, Mrs. vixenish wife; keeps husband in thrall. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations ]
- Katherine “intolerably curst and shrewd and froward.” [Br. Lit.: The Taming of the Shrew ]
- Lisa, Dame Jurgen’s petulant wife taken from him in gratitude by the Prince of Darkness. [Am. Lit.: Jurgen in Magill I, 464]
- MacStinger, Mrs. widow; miserable to everyone. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son ]
- Momus personification of censoriousness, constantly carping, grumbling, and finding fault. [Gk. Myth.: EB (1963) XV, 685]
- Peninnah continually harassed co-wife Hannah about her barrenness. [O. T.: I Samuel 1:6]
- Proudie, Mrs. aggressive, domineering wife of Bishop Proudie. [Br. Lit.: Trollope Barchester Towers in Magill I, 55]
- Sofronia Norina, disguised for mock marriage, pretends to be virago. [Ital. Opera: Donizetti, Don Pasquale, Westerman, 123–124]
- Tabitha Mr. Bramble’s virago sister; bent on matrimony. [Br. Lit.: Humphry Clinker ]
- Termagant tumultuous Muslim deity (male); today, a virago. [Medieval Lit.: Espy, 125]
- Xanthippe Socrates’ peevish, quarrelsome wife. [Gk. Hist.: Espy, 114]
Shyness (See TIMIDITY .)
Similarity (See TWINS .)
Sinfulness (See WICKEDNESS .)
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