[Marriage] is never wholly happy. Two people can never literally be as one: there is, perhaps, a possibility of content under peculiar circumstances, such as are seldom combined; but it is as well not to run the risk: you may make fatal mistakes. . . . Let all the single be satisfied with their freedom.
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Source Notes: Shirley (chapter 21; or vol. 2, chapter 10) (1849). Mrs. Pryor responds here to Caroline, who suggests: "Where affection is reciprocal and sincere, and minds are harmonious, marriage must be happy." She argues not for divorce but for the avoidance of marriage. Her comments nonetheless suggest why divorce is such a prevalent practice.
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