"Peeping Tom"

A Peeping Tom is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as 'a person who derives sexual pleasure from secretly watching people undressing or engaging in sexual activity'. It is interesting that Blanche uses this term, as it suggests a particular kind of fear, of being watched and found out. The term 'Peeping Tom' derives from the story of Lady Godiva, who agreed to ride naked through the streets of Coventry if her husband would lower the taxes of the townspeople. She ordered everyone to stay indoors and close their shutters whilst she rode through the town, and all obeyed her, except for one man, Tom, who watched through a hole in his shutter and was struck blind as punishment.