A Proper Marriage (The Children of Violence, Book 2) by Doris Lessing

By Doris Lessing

An unconventional girl trapped in a traditional marriage, Martha Quest struggles to take care of her dignity and her sanity in the course of the misunderstandings, frustrations, infidelities, and degrading violence of a failing marriage. ultimately, she needs to make the heartbreaking collection of no matter if to sacrifice her baby as she turns her again on marriage and protection.

A right Marriage is the second one novel in Doris Lessing's vintage childrens of Violence sequence of novels, each one a masterpiece by itself correct, and, taken jointly, an incisive and all-encompassing imaginative and prescient of our global within the 20th century.

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What it might have made me do: one has to be scrupulous with tenses, at my age. I miss my children. Goodness, where did that come from? They are hardly what you could call children any more. Julian must be—well, he must be forty this year, which makes Blanche thirty-eight, is it? Compared to them I seem to myself hardly grown-up at all. Auden wrote somewhere that no matter what the age of the company, he was always convinced he was the youngest in the room; me, too. All the same, I thought they might have called.

I was crossing Gower Street, my former stamping ground. I stepped off the path and something hindered me. —and resisted me and I almost stumbled. Bus thundering past with a grinning blackamoor at the wheel. What did he see? Sandals, mac, my inveterate string bag, old rheumy eye wild with fright. If I had been run over they would have said it was suicide, with relief all round. But I will not give them that satisfaction. I shall be seventy-two this year. Impossible to believe. Inside, an eternal twenty-two.

Cool, dry, balanced, every inch the Stoic: Coriolanus to the general. —Nietzsche). I dressed the part to perfection: old but good houndstooth jacket, Jermyn Street shirt and Charvet tie—red, just to be mischievous—corduroy bags, socks the colour and texture of porridge, that pair of scuffed brothel creepers I had not worn in thirty years. Might have just come up from a weekend at Cliveden. I toyed with the idea of a tobacco pipe a la Skryne, but that would have been to overdo it; and besides, it requires years of practice to be a plausible pipeman—never take on cover that you can’t do naturally, that was another of Boy’s dicta.

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