Diderot on Inconstancy in Love, or On the Difference between Probity and Morality
AbstractThe article considers Diderot’s conception of inconstancy in love in his short story Madame de la Carlière. Since everything in nature is in a perpetual state of change, inconstancy in love is only natural and marital infidelity virtually inevitable. The author argues that in the story Diderot is less interested in the public response to an instance of marital infidelity than he is in its setting in motion of the fatal chain of events.
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