By Marilyn Yalom
How did marriage, thought of a spiritual accountability in medieval Europe, turn into a venue for private success in modern the US? How did the thought of romantic love, a novelty within the heart a while, turn into a prerequisite for marriage this day? And, if the unique goal of marriage was once procreation, what precisely is the aim of marriage for girls now? Combining "a scholar's rigor and a storyteller's craft"(San Jose Mercury News), special cultural historian Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage within the Judeo Christian international in the course of the centuries and indicates how substantially our rules approximately marriage have replaced. For any lady who's, has been, or ever might be married, this intellectually lively and gripping old research of marriage sheds new gentle on an establishment most folks take with no consideration, and that can, actually, be experiencing its such a lot convulsive upheaval because the Reformation.
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On 13 September, the Tanners celebrated their thirteenth wedding anniversary with a leisurely trip to a charming country hotel in North Yorkshire. Still, although there was little excitement to report, the future was uncertain and Natalie decided she would send her son back to school as usual. In any case, it was safer there, since the boarding school was far from any major cities. The real war for Natalie was not in Europe, but rather with acquaintances, the Bingleys, who wanted to escape the potential dangers of the city and move into one of the cottages on Tanner’s farm.
Times were not as difficult for the Lasts as they were for the Grants, however. After the Great War, Nella’s husband Will had taken over his father’s joinery workshop and worked steadily throughout the inter-war period. Those who had work during the depressions of the 1920s and 1930s were generally better-off than they might have been in more prosperous times, because they could take advantage of the lower cost of living that accompanied the downturns. In fact, while the Grants and the Rutherfords struggled to keep food on the table and to pay the rent, the Lasts bought a new house with the help of inheritance money from Nella’s father.
Whatever one did, or wanted to do, if it was done well and if it was deemed useful to the nation in its hour of need, it was important. But if one could be a hero, one might also be a villain; and if there was so much to do, one might not be doing enough, and the guilt could be crushing. For many, this was the day-to-day reality of the war. It is a reality that threads its way through Mass-Observation diaries, tangled and entwined in the fabric of everyday life and relationships; sometimes the thread is barely discernible, sometimes it is a chaotic zigzag or a tangled mess; at other times it glistens like a strand of silver.
A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom