Tom: " References to Tereu and the rape of Philomela. Especially in the facsilime edition, the lines in thr Cannon Street 'frame' grow more and more frantic -- lots of 'twit twit twit' and 'jug jug'. I can even hear the victim thinking about the despicable command of the rapist in the line "O swallow swallow", if you"ll forgive the explicitness."
That IS, quite simply, a Rape, and a very violent and horrible one, which ends with further violation (tearing out her tongue, blocking communication/interaction with others). And the other episodes are specifically NON-VIOLENT, not a rape. By calling them rape you block perception of what they share with rape.