Sole EVE, Associate sole, to me beyond Compare above all living Creatures deare, Well hast thou motion'd, wel thy thoughts imployd How we might best fulfill the work which here God hath assign'd us, nor of me shalt pass Unprais'd: for nothing lovelier can be found In woman, then to studie houshold good, And good workes in her Husband
So she told Agatha of her marriage, her wild love for her husband
, his wild love for her, and his mysterious disappearance without leaving word or sign behind him.
And although her husband
received her with all possible kindness, and without the least reproach, she soon after contrived to steal down again, with all her jewels, to the same gallant, and has not been heard of since.
And when a woman finds that out about her husband
, she either becomes dreadfully dowdy, or wears very smart bonnets that some other woman's husband
has to pay for.
There is another custom amongst them yet more extraordinary, which is, that the wife is punished whenever the husband
proves false to the marriage contract; this punishment indeed extends no farther than a pecuniary mulct, and what seems more equitable, the husband
is obliged to pay a sum of money to his wife.
I don't understand you, husband
," said she, "and I don't know what you mean by saying you would be glad, if it were God's will, not to be well pleased; for, fool as I am, I don't know how one can find pleasure in not having it.
Hence, in every family of position and consideration, "back motion" is as prevalent as time itself; and the husbands
and sons in these households enjoy immunity at least from invisible attacks.
In the second place, both husband
and wife interested us the moment we set eyes on them.
The law of England declines to consider an incurable drunkard as a fit object for restraint, the law of England leaves the husbands
and wives of such people in a perfectly helpless situation, to deal with their own misery as they best can.
It was too late to make the atonement of confession -- too late to lay bare to the miserable husband
the deeper secrets that had once lurked in the heart of the miserable wife.
When her husband
next went away for one day, she told on slave to turn under the bird's cage a hand-mill; another to throw water down from above the cage, and a third to take a mirror and turn it in front of its eyes, from left to right by the light of a candle.
We discover the latter in changed conditions; instead of a bride with boxes and trunks which others bore, we see her a lonely woman with a basket and a bundle in her own porterage, as at an earlier time when she was no bride; instead of the ample means that were projected by her husband
for her comfort through this probationary period, she can produce only a flattened purse.
In this group Helene, as soon as she had settled in Petersburg with her husband
, took a very prominent place.
She was always trying to be what her husband
wished, and never able to repose on his delight in what she was.
It was on a May day, and I saw Mary accompany her husband
as far as the first crossing, whence she waved him out of sight as if he had boarded an Atlantic-liner.