Being bossed around isn't my idea of marital bliss.
The domestic and social affections, the kindly care of the young and the old, some acknowledgment of marital and parental obligation, the duty of mutual defence in the tribe, the authority of the elders, and general respect to traditional custom as the regulator of life and duty, are more or less well marked in every savage tribe which is not disorganized and falling to pieces.
Those who are curious to pry into the question of Carlyle's marital capacity, and the issues between Froude's assailants and his defenders, may consult New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle, with introduction by Sir James Crichton-Browne; My Relations with Carlyle, by J.
He had been an affectionate husband and father, though his devotion to his wife had been consistent with occasional lapses from strict marital fidelity.
Giving him up without a fight wasn't something she intended to do, but fighting like this was marital suicide.