Wordless Wednesday- The Suicide of Queen Dido Posted on March 29, 2017March 26, 2017 by Rose Fairbanks The Suicide of Queen Dido by Claude-Augustin Cayot, 1710. Source: Wikipedia Read more on Queen Dido Share this:TweetLike this:Like Loading... Related
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What is this suicide all about? A dead lover as in Romeo and Juliet?
Queen Dido husband died had vowed to never remarry and resists Aenius for some time. Eventually, she falls in love with him and they consummate their love in a cave. She perceived the act as a marriage but he did not. She kills herself in penance over her unfaithfulness to her first husband. The scene is mentioned in a Samuel Richardson novel and I wonder if it’s also referenced by Jane Austen in Persuasion when Anne speaks with Benwick about literature telling of the inconstancy of women.