November 6, 2020
Today, Nomerfide entertains us with the story of a woman who uses her cleverness not to fend off an unwanted sexual encounter but, rather, to avoid detection for her own love affair. When her one-eyed husband returns home unexpectedly, she covers his good eye, embracing him and telling him she has dreamed he regained his sight — in the meanwhile, her lover slips away.
Nomerfide turns this tale of trickery to women’s advantage, remarking that it really serves to demonstrate their great capacity for good, since if women are astute enough to hide their indiscretions, “they’d be even more ingenious in avoiding bad deeds or in doing good ones.”
Hircan, however, is unconvinced. He insists that men are more cunning than women, and so he gets to tell the next tale!