timate some secret. 84. For was there a lack of mud from which the woman might be formed? Or, if the Lord wished, could he not have removed the rib from man while he was awake and without pain? Whether these things were said figuratively or were also done figuratively, they were not said or done this way without a purpose, but are clearly mysteries and sacraments, whether they are to be interpreted and understood in this manner as our weak intelligence is trying [to interpret them] or in some other better way which is still in accord with sound faith.
The Spiritual Marriage in Man
18. As the master, the man gave a name to his woman, his inferior, and said, "Now this is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh." 85. "Bone from my bones" perhaps on account of fortitude. "Flesh from my flesh" on account of temperance. For these two virtues, we are taught, pertain to the lower part of the mind that the prudence of reason rules. 86. It said, "She will be called woman because she was taken from her man." 87. This derivation and interpretation of the name is not apparent in the Latin language. For we do not find any similarity between the word, 'woman' (mulier), and the word, 'man' (vir). But in the Hebrew language the expression is said to sound just as if one said: "She is called a virago because she was taken from her vir." For virago or rather virgo has some similarity with the word, vir, while mulier does not, but this is caused by the difference of languages. 88.____________________