With them adultery is simply a question of debt; Adultery a but their law of debt is terribly severe, as the body Simple Debt in and life of the insolvent belong to the creditor. No Africa other sentiment enters into the transaction. The injured husband is purely a creditor, always delighted that the debt has been incurred, and both parties to the suit may frequently be seen smoking a friendly pipe together after the case has been settled and the judgment paid.
With us it is different, as the following incident will prove. A gentleman who surprised a neighbor flagrante delicto with bis wife, when asked if he had killed the intruder, responded quickly—"no, I didn't kill him, but I guess he knew by the way I slammed that door when I went out I wasn't very well pleased!" Autant d'hommes autant d'avis, you know.1
1 Win wood Reade, " Martyrdom of Man."
1 Krafft-Ebing, loc, cii., p. 3. See also Hospitable Prostitution, as indexed in this work.
1 This recalls the two cases recorded by Harrington in his notes on Ariosto. A fellow who found that a certain man had done for him what few men like to have done by a deputy, drew his dagger, and swore that if the offender had not been his beet friend he would have killed him; and another, hearing that he had been similarly assisted in his domestic duties, and having assurance made doubly sure by the frightened confession of the culprit when charged with it, swore that the confession was all in the world that had saved him. If he had denied it, he would have killed him at sight. We are told by Plutarch that Calbas bargained this way with Ma*cenafl for an office; Phayllus. with King Philip; and Amphitrio, with Jupiter; but the majority of men do not like it, and find poor comfort in the advice of Henry II to his jealous courtier, to think nothing about it—"it, amount* to very little if you know it, and nothing at all if you don't." Date veniam el sustmcte tacUi, is Sophocles's counsel.