Friday, 27 November 2009

Will your partner be faithful?

I’m doing a Shakespeare module at Uni at the moment, and one of the key themes is imagined infidelity.
Poor Othello is duped into thinking his wife is a strumpet, and is driven nuts by the evil Iago. He commits a brutal act of misogynistic violence with tragic consequences.
In The Winter’s Tale Leontes develops delusional jealousy at the sight of his wife talking to his best mate, but I won’t spoil the ending if you have not finished reading it yet.
Sadly, these misguided gentlemen did not have the benefit of the Metro.

According to an article in the Metro (the free newspaper that helps to offset the pain of astronomical rail fares, and astronomical parking charges) a person is likely to stray if their ring finger is longer than their index finger. So, have a quick look if you have doubts about the potential loyalty of your partner.

If you are still unsure then why not do the psychological questionnaire on infidelity on the BBC web site, (and get the suspect partner to join in).

Poor Leontes and Othello did not have the benefit of all this modern technology, but I suspect they would have just used it to confirm their worst suspicions.

Here is the link to the adultery test:


Fou said...

A very interesting!
Not something you would mention too early on!!

Fou: Enjoys long walks on the beach and has a ring finger which is shorter than the index finger.

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Anonymous said...

Just rehearsing Otello as part of the chorus - where we explore Otello's jealousy in the production.
You might be interested in coming along . . .
watch BBC's Culture Show December 3rd for an interview with Birmingham Opera's Graham Vick and a view of rehearsals.
Yes I took the test but it was no surprise to me after 37 years of faithful marriage that I came out as low risk.

The Plashing Vole said...

Poor, primitive Shakespeare, lacking 'science' and having to write speculative plays…

No partner, so no need to try the 'test'.