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Marriage Ain't What It Used To Be

Women today, and the limits of tolerance...

Marriage Ain't What It Used To Be

Put a ring on it?

Mariateresa Fichele

One day a patient arrived at the clinic looking particularly irritable. Her niece had left her husband after only six months of marriage.


"Dottoré, young people don't have values nowadays. Back in the day we used to get married, and we just kept the same husband for all our lives. Affairs, beatings, swearing: we put up with everything for the good of the family and to avoid neighborhood gossip. But now they get together and break up as if nothing had happened. Take my niece for example: she got married, and after the first slap she dumped her husband".

"Well signora," I said. "I think she did the right thing. And anyway, why do you care so much? Why are you so angry?"

"Dottoré, who said I was angry? I’m jealous!"

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