VIRGINITY is of the mind and not the body. Like Spenser’s Chastity, it is not abstinence, “that wishes but acts not” (MHH 27), but the innocent, normal development of soul and body. Oothoon, though raped by Bromion, declares herself a virgin (VDA 6:21), contrasting herself with the technical virgin, whose acquired modesty is lustful hypocrisy (VDA 6:7–11; 7:3–5). The soul of sweet delight can never be defiled. But in The Golden Net (K 424), the three technical virgins torture the poet.