a chaste and faithful wife ...1581
from Greek mythology - in Homer's Odyssey, Penelope is pictured as the chaste and faithful wife of Odysseus (Ulysses)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1581 - see EXAMPLE below
"...My concubine is a great deale more modest, than thy Penelope;
so then she must take heede how she giueth men occasion
to thinke sinisterly of her..."
The Ciuile Conuersation of M. Steeuen Guazzo written first in Italian...
By Stefano Guazzo
Translated by George Pettie, 1581
• A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles,
James Murray, 1887-1933