Wednesday, June 4, 2008

But why, then, remain married?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

But why, then, remain married? To tell the truth, he didn’t know. Sitting it out for thirty years is indeed inexplicable until you remember that people do it all the time. They were not the only couple on earth for whom mistrust and mutual aversion furnished the indestructible foundation for a long standing union…. They had to be: the only couple who found each other’s behavior so tediously antagonizing, the only couple who deprived each other of everything each of them most wanted, the only couple whose battles over differences would never be behind them, the only couple whose reason for coming together had evaporated beyond recall, the only couple who could not sever themselves one from the other despite ten thousand grievances apiece, the only couple who could not believe how much worse it got from year to year, the only couple between whom the dinner silence was freighted with such bitter hatred….


- Philip Roth, Sabbath’s Theater, 1995

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe in this.

"I’d really rather you didn’t use my existence as a means to oppress, subjugate, punish, eviscerate, and/or, you know, be mean to others. I don’t require sacrifices, and purity is for drinking water, not people."

Not this malarkey

"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

:)

Angeli said...

Did you ever hear them preach about drinking beer or other alcoholic beverages. It actually is highly recommended:

"Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."

Proverbs 31: 6-7

:)

Artemis said...

ha ha ha!, i like it how you guys make it enlightening, these Bible verses.

Angeli said...

thanks artemis. :)
it makes them verses more interesting. :)

unstranger said...

Thanks Angeli, this thread is just incredible! Your perceptions are so sharp, relevant, intelligent and so profound that I am in awe of your gifted perceptive abilities.
I could not in truth convey the sense of values I perceive in what you place within your written words.
I think your concerns about trying to correctly convey in writing what is seemingly better to do face to face is not applicable to you because you are a gifted writer.

Write on Angeli.

p.s, thanks for your comments.

Angeli said...

and to all of that all, i can say is thank you and you are welcome. :)

 
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