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A Proper Marriage (Flamingo Modern Classics) by Doris Lessing

By Doris Lessing

One in every of Doris Lessing's most crucial novels -- the following fantastically repackaged this can be the second one quantity in Doris Lessing's well known quartet of novels tracing the lifetime of Martha Quest from her formative years in Africa to an imagined post-nuclear Britain. a formal Marriage sees twenty-something Martha starting to realize that her marriage has been a bad mistake. Already the 1st passionate flush of matrimony has began to vanish; sensuality has develop into dulled through behavior, pleased motherhood now turns out not more than a tiresome chore. stuck up in a maelstrom of an international conflict she will be able to now not forget about, Martha's political attention starts to sunrise, and, seizing independence for the 1st time, she chooses to make her lifestyles her personal.

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It’s all very well, dear, but this worrying all the time just gets me down. Sometimes I think I’ll have a baby and be done with it. ’ suggested Stella, with a look at Martha which said she should be collecting information that might turn out to be useful. ’ ‘Oh, come off it,’ said Stella, annoyed. ‘If Dr Stern did all the abortions he was asked to do, he’d never have time for anything else. ’ asked Martha, unwillingly fascinated. ‘Oh, if they’re strong-minded, they just go off to Beira or Johannesburg.

Between the languidly enticing beauty who was Stella before her glass and the energetic housewife who longed to take Martha in hand there was no connection; they were not even sisters. Martha, sardonically watching Stella in her frozen pose, thought that she would not recognize herself if she caught a glimpse of herself walking down a street, or — a phrase which she saw no reason not to use, even to his face – managing her husband. Stella saw her look, turning abruptly, and said with annoyance that they would go that moment to the hairdresser.

She smiled and he found himself returning her smile. ‘Well, Mr Maynard,’ she remarked in precisely his own tone of cool self-punishing sarcasm. ’ But this logical sentence crumbled, and she added awkwardly, ‘I mean, everyone knows about sick headaches … Besides - they’re so old-fashioned,’ she went on angrily. ’ His relations with his wife had been conducted on this principle, but he would have considered it unchivalrous to do more than talk blandly about ‘the female element’ when with his male friends.

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