He frankly admits that such love is his sin. The wives, on the other hand, encounter the husband's unjust suspicions, or brutal slanders, without a thought of revenge or reprisal.
Page are brilliantly executed examples of a kind of comic effect which Shakespeare's riper art elsewhere disdained.
Nor is he, if we mean by this that he thinks or speaks of Love in the transcendent way of Dante, or Lucretius, or Spenser, or Shelley.
In more modern times, romantic love has been the theme of art and entertainment in all its forms.
Some call it a recently invented abstraction. The 'taffeta phrases' and 'silken terms precise,' the pointed sallies and punning repartees, full of a hard crackling gaiety, neither express passion nor suggest, like the joyous quips of the later Rosalind, that passion is lurking behind.
The first two of these underlying themes are the focus of the early sonnets addressed to the young man in particular Sonnets where the poet argues that having children to carry on one's beauty is the only way to conquer the ravages of time.
If she betrays Troilus for Diomede it is with a sigh and a half wistful glance back at the deserted lover: 'Troilus, farewell!