He also accuses Isabel of repeatedly trying to seduce him, although he supposedly refused to succumb to her licentious ways.
Eli wants to replace her because he is worried Peter will succumb to temptation (“the optics are bad,” he says).
In the 21st century, however, we suppress the magic of it and succumb to the fear of it.
late 15c., from Middle French succomber, from Latin succumbere "submit, sink down, lie under," from sub "down" (see sub-) + -cumbere "take a reclining position," related to cubare "lie down" (see cubicle). Originally transitive; sense of "sink under pressure" is first recorded c.1600. Related: Succumbed; succumbing.