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  • Did Byron not know that in Italy, a wife could have both a husband and a cavalier servente, an eternally faithful, devoted though chaste lover?

    If He Has A Mistress, Why Can't She Have...A Mister?

  • As the affair deteriorated, Byron complained that a man should not be hobbled to a woman, and that his "existence as a cavalier servente is to be condemned."

    If He Has A Mistress, Why Can't She Have...A Mister?

  • The institution of cavalier servente did not challenge the husband's dominance in marriage.

    If He Has A Mistress, Why Can't She Have...A Mister?

  • In breaking the rules that forbid a cavalier servente from abandoning his mistress, Byron had broken her heart and humiliated her.

    If He Has A Mistress, Why Can't She Have...A Mister?

  • Looking as if she saw him not, she put his arm aside, and requested that of Captain Craigengelt, who stood by the coach with his laced hat under his arm, having acted as cavaliere servente, or squire in attendance, during the journey.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Italian cavaliere servente for his lady, had my portrait painted, as I told you, by Mme. de Mirbel.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • I ought to have made myself your steward, or, as that dear tyrant whom we cannot hate proposed to me, live there as cavaliere servente, only our passion was too fierce to allow of it.

    Albert Savarus

  • How far this political consideration may have weighed against the jealous and vindictive temper of the Italians, I will not pretend to judge: but, certain it is, every married lady in this country has her cicisbeo, or servente, who attends her every where, and on all occasions; and upon whose privileges the husband dares not encroach, without incurring the censure and ridicule of the whole community.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • “So, I guess an evening at the Opéra-Comique with your cavaliere servente is out of the question?”

    Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

  • The cavaliere servente is one of the few charming customs of this country.

    Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

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