A little Lesson for well-disposed wives.
--"Why is it," asked a lady, "that so many men are anxious to get rid of their wives?" "Because," was the reply, "so few women exert themselves after marriage to make their presence indispensable to the happiness of their husbands!" When husband and wife have become thoroughly accustomed to each other — when all the little battery of charms which both played off so skillfully before the wedding day had been exhausted — too many seem to think that nothing remains but the clanking of the legal chains which bind them to each other.
The wife seeks to develop in her affections no new attraction for her husband; and the latter, perceiving the lapses,
begins to brood over an uncongeniality which does not exist, and to magnify the ills that do exist into unsurpassable obstacles in the way of his earthly felicity.
This is the true secret.
The woman who charmed before marriage can charm afterward, if she will, though not, of course, by the same means.
There are a thousand ways, if she will only study them out, in which she can make home so attractive that her husband will unconsciously dislike to absent himself from it, and so she can readily make herself the particular deity of the domestic paradise.
This done, she may quietly laugh at all attempts to alienate her husband's inclinations; and with those inclinations will always go, in such cases, his active judgment.