Her husband had archaic ideas about jewels; a man bought them for his wife in acknowledgment of things he could not gracefully utter.
~ A Lost Lady
by Willa Cather
Of all hatreds that the world produces, a wife's hatred for her husband, when she does hate him, is the strongest.
~ Phineas Redux
by Anthony Trollope
"To be sure, a step-mother to a girl is a different thing to a second wife to a man!"
~ Wives and Daughters
by Elizabeth Gaskell
"Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. It's our only joke."
~ What Every Woman Knows
by James M. Barrie
"Exactly. She does not shine as a wife even in her own account of what occurred. I am not a whole-souled admirer of womankind, as you are aware, Watson, but my experience of life has taught me that there are few wives having any regard for their husbands who would let any man's spoken word stand between them and that husband's dead body. Should I ever marry, Watson, I should hope to inspire my wife with some feeling which would prevent her from being walked off by a housekeeper when my corpse was lying within a few yards of her."
~ The Valley of Fear
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"If you will take me for your wife, Walter, I will love you dearly. If you will let me go with you, Walter, I will go to the world's end without fear. I can give up nothing for you - I have nothing to resign, and no one to forsake; but all my love and life shall be devoted to you, and with my last breath I will breathe your name to God if I have sense and memory left."
~ Dombey and Son
by Charles Dickens
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
~ Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
It appears that ordinary men take wives because possession is not possible without marriage, and that ordinary women accept husbands because marriage is not possible without possession.
~ Far From The Madding Crowd
by Thomas Hardy
That quiet mutual gaze of a trusting husband and wife is like the first moment of rest or refuge from a great weariness or a great danger--not to be interfered with by speech or action which would distract the sensations from the fresh enjoyment of repose.
~ Silas Marner
by George Eliot
"You might, from your appearance, be the wife of Lucifer. Nevertheless, you shall not get the better of me. I am an Englishwoman."
~ A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens