Character and the Conduct of Life: Practical Psychology for Everyman

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CHAPTER XIX
To Wives

DO not forget that in taking you to wife your husband has paid you the highest compliment he can command. He has declared to the world that you are the woman he most esteems; he has given you a degree of liberty which you could not otherwise enjoy without reproach; he has given you, so far as he is able, an assured position in society. And, in so doing, he has made many sacrifices. He has sacrificed much of his freedom; his freedom to flirt and make love where he pleased without serious reproach; his freedom to travel, to live where and how he liked, to give up his job and try his hand at something else. He has virtually halved his income and assumed economic responsibilities of unknown extent. He has sacrificed much or many of his friendships with men, and perhaps also with women. He has resigned much or all of the easygoing comfort of club-life, which to most men is so congenial and refreshing. He rightly hopes that you will more than make up to him for all these losses; and it is your primary task to see that this expectation shall not be disappointed.

Happy the wife whose man can honestly say that

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