Truth found out too late:| OR, THE| Fruits of Jealousy.| AND| The Jealous Husband:| OR,| WITTY LADY.| In Two NOVELS.| To which are added the following Poems, viz.| The wandring Lady.| A Letter to a Lady.| To my Mistress.| Cupid's Speech.| On the Honourable| Sir R.T. Bt. Written| in the Year 1712.| May-day' Proceeding| at B----ham.| [rule]| By William Temple, Esq;| [rule]| LONDON:| Printed for J. B. and Sold by J. Roberts at the| Oxford-Arms in Warwick-lane. 1715. Pr. 1 s.
short title: "Novels and Poetry"/ titlepage/ p.1-84/ 4°.
Both "novels" are highly constructed. In the first, in the Spanish/Italian genre (located in "Milan", the protagonists bear Spanish names), a man ultimatly maims his supposedly inconstant wife; the illegitimate lover kills himself, as he is hired to kill the lady. Also the doctor of both men, who secrtely stirs the plot, to finally save the love sick lovers, is killed. The husband ultimately tears his own heart out of his body. The second zweite "novel" is situated in England and follows the pattern of regular comedies. The jealous husband accomodates his rival without realising his mistake. Sex between our man and the cever lady can only take place if the old husband withdraws with the maid. The situation is complicated by the fact that both couples have to meet when changing from one room to the other - even though we get happy results for three succeeding nights.