There can never be any adequate ground for separation. The condition of man is pitched so high in its joys and in its sorrows, that the sum which two married people owe to each other defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity.
My dearest Mary, wherefore hast thou gone, And left me in this dreary world
alone? Thy form is here indeed--a lovely one--But thou art fled, gone down the dreary road, That lead to Sorrow's most obscure abode.
When two people are once parted--have abandoned a common domicile and a common environment--new growths insensibly bud upward to fill each vacated place; unforeseen accidents hinder intentions, and old plans are forgotten.
Marriage is easy, and divorce difficult, because this is Nature's plan. The natural law of attraction brings men and women together, and it is difficult to separate them. . . . Most couples who desire freedom only think they do: what they really want is a vacation; but they would not separate for good if they could. It is hard to part--people who have lived together grow to need each other. They want someone to quarrel with.
Let him lack for the million and one things that a wife has done so long for his comfort that he did not even know she had done them. Above all, let him have to turn to strangers who are not interested in him and his affairs and who have no common backgrounds or mutual interests with him, for society. Then he will find out the worth of a wife and the price of a divorce.