Domestic Happiness

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Groombridge & Sons, 1854 - 61 ページ
 

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3 ページ - ... indulged by the private subserviency of a favoured servant, no private interviews with needy relations, no intelligence with spies placed upon each other. We considered marriage as the most solemn league of perpetual friendship, a state from which artifice and concealment are to be banished forever, and in which every act of dissimulation is a breach of faith.
30 ページ - I beseech young married men to bear this in mind ; for, on some trifle of this sort, the happiness or misery of a long life frequently turns. If the mind of a wife be disturbed on this score, every possible means ought to be used to restore it to peace ; and though her suspicions be perfectly groundless ; though they be wild as the dreams of madmen ; though they may present a mixture of the furious and the ridiculous, still they are to be treated with the greatest lenity and tenderness ; and if,...
2 ページ - Great part of the men and women that are cast by the will of God into the world, go about seeking a mere match of some kind. For most of them, if not exactly anything, very nearly anything will do. It matters not what is the first thing that links their affections to another, whether beauty, or similar thoughts, or similar tastes, or circumstances, or proprieties, or follies, or accidents ; . one or two slight causes combining is sufficient to produce the effect ; the words are spoken, the altar...
29 ページ - I should abstain from every thing that might induce others to believe that there was any other woman for whom, even if I were at liberty, I had any affection. I beseech young married men to bear this in mind; for, on some trifle of this sort, the happiness or misery of a long life frequently turns.
29 ページ - I now saw that this was not all that she had a right to from me ; I saw that she had the further claim- upon me that I should abstain from everything that might induce others to believe that there was any other woman for whom, even if I were at liberty, I had any affection.

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