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[92] posing as a little monarch there. A weak wife will sometimes be happy in being crushed by such a fireside despot; and a strong and good-natured wife will smile inwardly while she listens to the lofty words of a husband whom she perhaps winds round her finger. But neither of these represents the ideal household. That is found only where the “moral equivalence of the two partners” is recognized through everything, and they learn to harmonize into one joint power, or else by mutual agreement assign to each a separate portion of the sway.

This is now partially recognized by our courts, in regard to the custody of the children, for instance; and there are probably few judges within the United States who would go as far as that Canada judge who lately ruled that a mother had no legal right to the custody of her child so long as her husband lived, although that husband had long deserted both her and the child. It is more and more recognized also in respect to the management of property. This joint control of the two most important possessions is a recognition of the possibility of equal alliances where neither party shall have absolute sway. That this is perfectly practicable in the affairs of common life is shown by the vast multitude of business partnerships between two persons, neither of whom claims to control the other. Enormous commercial responsibilities, involving delicate

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