Metamorphoses

by: Ovid

Book VII

Cephalus and Phocus react to similar situations in very different ways. Both believe that the other was unfaithful. Whereas Cephalus tries to entrap Phocus, however, Phocus hopes that the news of Cephalus’s infidelity is false. Cephalus accuses on the basis of no evidence, while Phocus refuses to believe even in the face of evidence. Cephalus attacks Phocus when she falls into his trap, whereas Phocus speaks lovingly to her husband in her last moments.