Melt a rich uncle in wax

Dunn (100) and Walmisley (299) concur that the expression relates to a medieval superstition that one could effect the death of a person by melting his or her waxen image. Rossetti’s poem “Sister Helen” tells of a woman who, mad with jealousy, gradually melts her ex-lover’s waxen image for three days and nights, starting on the morn of his scheduled wedding to another woman.

Act I