In Reply to: Taken into adultery posted by Joana on December 01, 2009 at 08:42:
: What is the meaning of "to be taken into adultery"? Here's the whole sentence: "It was one of those rainy late afternoons when the toy department of Woolworth's on the Fifth Avenue is full of women who appear to have been taken into adultery and who are now shopping for a present to carry home to their youngest child".
"taken into adultery" is a reference to the impure woman Jesus saved from being stoned, mostly old paintings titled "Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery".
"and said to him, Master, this woman is now taken in adultery." (Wycliffe)
"They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act." (King James Version)
I still couldn't tell you exactly what the author meant by using it. Perhaps they seem guilty or desperate while they're shopping?