Wasn't marriage, like life, unstimulating and unprofitable and somewhat empty when too well ordered and protected and guarded? Wasn't it finer, more splendid, more nourishing, when it was, like life itself, a mixture of the sordid and the magnificent; of mud and stars; of earth and flowers; of love and hate and laughter and tears and ugliness and beauty and hurt.
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Source Notes: Show Boat (chapter 19) (1926). Kim questions whether something is missing from marriage, although she relishes her "separate bedrooms and those lovely negligees" and her "personal liberty and privacy of thought and action."
Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 - April 16, 1968), Jewish-American novelist, author, and playwright.