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 -   It is disagreeable, that
having to live with a wife who is always rebuking one for some
special fault; but - Page 80
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It Is Disagreeable, That Having To Live With A Wife Who Is Always Rebuking One For Some Special Fault; But The Outside World Will Not Grant A Divorce On That Account, Especially If The Outside World Is Well Aware That The Fault So Rebuked Is Of Daily Occurrence.

"If you do not choose to be called a drunkard by your wife," the outside world will say, "it will be well that you should cease to drink." Ah!

But that habit of drinking, when once acquired, cannot easily be laid aside. The brain will not work; the organs of the body will not perform their functions; the blood will not run. The drunkard must drink till he dies. All that may be a good ground for divorce, the outside world will say; but the plea should be put in by the sober wife, not by the intemperate husband. But what if the husband takes himself off without any divorce, and takes with him also his wife's property, her earnings, that on which he has lived and his children? It may be a good bargain still for her, the outside world will say; but she, if she be a woman of spirit, will not willingly put up with such wrongs. The South has been the husband drunk with slavery, and the North has been the ill-used wife.

Rebellion, as I have said, is often justifiable but it is, I think, never justifiable on the part of a paid servant of that government against which it is raised.

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