Good point. With that in mind, his general opinion of women before he got married was essentially neutral, not tipped towards "women are good" or "women are evil" much either way. That's true, and I see the flaw in the logic. I did forget to mention (how stupid of me as a writer) that I. was already keeping a delicate balance in his temperament - he has Antisocial Personality Disorder, a fact which I completely forgot to mention (a lot of confusion in what I write when shown to other people is the fact that I'm
the only one who knows everything about the story, and I keep it straight in my head - I forget that sometimes when I'm in a hurry to post something. My apologies.) He seeks to control and dominate others, and thinks that the rules don't apply to him, being a Magnificent Bastard
. You're right; that is
a better way to think of it! Thank you - that puts it in a different light, for me.
The fact that his wife cheated on him, and he feels that all women are this way, is used, in-universe, as an excuse for him to get away with things (like beatings) that he feels are justified. He uses it himself
to justify to both himself and others why
he acts the way he does, feeling it legitimate. I'm not saying it's a legitimate justification at all; in fact, I think it's a shoddy one - but, since the character is mentally unstable, it (and its flawed logic) certainly fits him and his temper. I might well fix the logic bit that you pointed out, though. I'm wondering now if leaving it as such doesn't add to his reputation for misjudgment and false accusation... Hmmm... Now you've gotten my wheels turning...
Very few, actually: about...14 out of 190 or so. It's not widely known; by the time it comes to the husband's attention, their marriage is already in shambles, and it only serves to widen the chasm between them. She did try very hard to keep it a secret, but failed in a capacity. Basically, she was being pursued by I. and 13 others - she ran to try and get away from Domestic Abuse
on I.'s part, and was chased. She ran to her younger brother's village. She begs for his help, and he refuses (he's still angry that she "betrayed" him by sleeping with the man he considered his rival/enemy). The two argue, and he lets it slip (in a moment of anger and in a childish fit of throwing out sensitive things designed to hit low), that she used to work as a prostitute. I., and the others with him, take great interest in this, while she is horrified and extremely hurt (it was something she told him in confidence - he didn't take it well). They then proceed to use it for blackmail when she threatens to do something I. doesn't like (speak back, leave, tell her husband, etc.). Thing is, her husband is turning a blind eye
to the abuse, because he's also
perpetrating it, and simply doesn't care. He's basically citing Screw the Rules, I Make Them!
as for why he's ignoring his wife's protests and the concerns of other women. (He resents her deeply
for forcing him into marriage - he was in love - and still is - with the same younger brother's girlfriend; she resents him for his high expectations, attitude, etc.) But that's a whole other can of worms. If you need clarification, read this: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ApMAR_caNiFba8LLtcXHfJrty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20110110202051AAWXAXj