With a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of the other marriages about him were: a dull association of material and social interests held together by ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other.
. But it seemed to him that the tie between husband and wife, if breakable in prosperity, should be indissoluble in misfortune.
Their long years together had shown him that it did not so much matter if marriage was a dull duty, as long as it kept the dignity of duty: lapsing from that, it became a mere battle of ugly appetites.
I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo