And I was so proud of my miss of your idea. :>(
Let me try again.
I do not think that the narrator meant that he had "used" her body as a
feminist might construe the word. I may be wrong again but I do not think
that range of meaning was generally available to TSE. Assuming your
position to be correct would also indicate a degree of sensitivity to women
that many would not assign to the early TSE.
I totally agree with the way you are extending Aeneas into the poem. TSE
wants the reader to do this. Remember, although, he does feel like a worm,
Aeneas does not spend much time romantically worrying about Dido.
And I must admit to another mistake. In an earlier message I said that the
Navajo numbered 500,000. The 2000 census counted 250,000 on about 27,000
square miles about three times the size of the island of Sicily.