What Clever Women Think of Mr Meredith's Proposal. The amazing " limited marriage " scheme recently propounded by Mr George Meredith, has been submitted to the judgment of some of our cleverest women, and only one is found to support it. "No man and woman should be inexorably tied together for more than a ten years' trial. I fix ten years as a fair period of probation; a shorter period would bd insufficient; longer would be too much. In ten years they will find each other out." This is the novelist's daring theory. Ouida's reply is :—-" The scheme is at once so comical and so utterly inadequate* for the needs of either property or passion of the affections or of the offspring of humanity, that I do not think we ought to be asked seriously to discuss proposals which are neither original nor logical, practical nor possible." Mrs Dore Lyon:—" With Mr Meredith's ideas in practice we would have a Btate of society such as exists in the Mormon communities, where the children realise their pitiful condition and try to make the best of it." John Oliver Hobbes—" There is one thing only which can make the marriage relation, even in the soundest financial circumstances, good for the race or good for individuals. That one indispensable gift is the gift of loving." " Kita "—■" Of one thing let men be assured ; the man a girl has first loved, to whom she has firat given herself, will always huve tho greatest claim on her hearc. Ho is linked to her by associations bo intimate, so straage, that no after life can ever dissociate them from his name and memory. [t he be the father of her child or children, that tacb gives him a stiLl stronger hold upon her. Therefore, a suggestion that after a certain probationary period all vows should be broken, all dufies ignored, is io [jlace human nature upon a lower guide than that of animal selection." Mrs Thomas Hardy—"A woman with two or three former mates, alone in tho world, would certainly not have a standing of p.rfect purity and morality. There would be a wide loophole for icconst.mt men." 131 leu Thorneycroft Fowler—"l regard marriage as n sacrament, and therefore consider that its conditions are not an open question." Lady Warwick—" People who choose can generally make the best of married lite, but the largtst part of humanity likes to have a grievance." JeannetteL. Gilder—"l think that Mr Meredith is in his dotage to express himsalf of such vows. It' nothing eke would intervene all coasi:leration3 of the children demand that their rights should be con_idered." Mrs Gsrtruda Atherfcon—"l entirely agree with Mr Meredith as far a3 he goes. His arrangemc-nt is not ideal, but peihaps it is as tar as anyone can go at present."
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6558, 1 May 1905
Limited Marriage. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6558, 1 May 1905
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