For if, as proverbial wisdom tells us, the prudent do not wantonly expose themselves to temptation, but turn a deaf ear to
blandishments of all kinds,  it was just a matter of time before the classical tale was streamlined to say allegorically that wise Odysseus was himself deaf to the Sirens.
"Lenders are the gatekeepers of the development process; they must have the fiscal strength to turn a deaf ear to
the siren song of the developer," he says.
Wallace argues that for Chaucer and for England, Anne of Bohemia, wife of Richard II, "symbolized a historical alternative to the polity pursued by 'tyraunts of Lumbardye,' a form of rule where masculine 'wilfulhede' and self-aggrandizement turn a deaf ear to
the moderating persuasions embodied in the person of an eloquent wife" (377).