It is the duty of every man, who has sufficient means, to maintain a wife. The life of unmarried women is a wretched one; every man who is able ought to save one of them from that fate.
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Source Notes: The Odd Women (chapter 9, "The Simple Faith") (1893). An older man, who has waited to attain a respectable income for marriage, advises a younger man, who is more privileged and has declared his intention not to marry.
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