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Arts and Letters 1/11/12 1)What is marriage? “The institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the prupose of founding and maintaining a family; an intimate or close unition” – Websters “The state of being united to person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a legal, consensual, and contractual relationship recognized and sanctioned by and dissolvable only by law.” – Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law - The reason the law tries to put a say in marriage is to stabilize society and make it a democracy (one man, one wife). “The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife. The state of being married;wedlock. A common-law marriage. A union between two persons having the customary but usually no the legal force of marriage.” – The American Heritage Dictionary - Some states give protection if you just live together for a long time, like Louisiana, which still operate somewhat under French Common Law - Back then, the reason women were even educated was to entertain their husbands with chit-chat and music playing, etc. - A marriage is beneficial to a man’s health (because of his wife), but sometimes detrimental to a wife’s health (because of her husband). 2) Does one want to marry? Why or why not? - Darwin ’s (he believed men were superior to women) list: “ This is the Question ” (to marry or not marry) Marry : *Children (if it please God) *Constant companion (and friend in old age) who will feel interested in one *Object to be beloved and played with. Better than a dog anyhow. *Provision of a home, and someone to take care of house *Charms of music and female chit-chat *These things are good for one’s health—but terrible loss of time *My God, it is intolerable to think of spending one’s whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, and nothing after all—No, no, won’t do *imagine living all one’s day solitary in smoky dirty London House *Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with a good fire and books and music perhaps *Compare this vision with the dingy reality of Great Marlboro Street, London Not Marry (will no longer have the following benefits) : *Freedom to go where one liked *Choice of Society and little of it *Conversation of clever men at clubs *Not forced to visit relatives and bend in every trifle *Expense and anxiety of children *Perhaps quarrelling
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*Loss of time *Cannot read in the evenings *Fatness and idleness *Anxiety and responsibility *Less money for books etc. *If many children forced to gain one’s bread (But then it is very bad for one’s health to work too much) *Perhaps my wife won’t like London; then the sentence is banishment and degradation into indolent, idle fool - Conclusion: “Marry, Marry, Marry Q.E.D” (Latin for “As soon as possible”) - Back then, the most common thing to do was to marry a cousin. So Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgewood. The family was excited about this because it helps to conserve the wealth
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