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Married--to the villain who had not hesitated to calumniate the woman whom he had ruined, and then to cast her helpless on the world.
Martin Steinmann defines the convention as follows: "If X, Y, and Z are characters in Elizabethan drama [or French classical, as my example shows], if X calumniates Y to Z, and Z, without proof or serious investigation, credits (that is, believes) X's calumnies, then we may not interpret Z's crediting them as a .
Madame Cottin wrote a false and rather bad novel on this subject, that calumniates the sublime character of the heroine .