I’d like to ask about this sentence from the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger" (1927) by Arthur Conan Doyle:
From that day I was in hell, and he the devil who tormented me. There was no one in the show who did not know of his treatment. He deserted me for others. He tied me down and lashed me with his riding-whip when I complained.
This “he” and “I” were husband and wife, he’s dead when she is speaking of him though.
What I want to confirm is what “He deserted me for others” means. Does this mean he was having an affair? That doesn’t sound right so me somehow. For one, “he” here is ugly wild-boar type man, even he had power and influence as the ringmaster of this traveling circus, did any women go to him, when there were few women in the troupe in the first place? For another, this woman “I” didn’t love this husband at all. So if he was having affair did (does) she even care?
Can this part be interpreted other than he having affairs? Thanks.