Note from RayS: The following quotes are some plain truths about some marriages. Maybe all?
Marriage 162 Lena: "I don’t want to marry Nick, or any other man...seen a good deal of married life, and I don’t care for it...want to be so I can help my mother and the children at home, and not have to ask lief of anybody." Cather, My Ántonia
Marriage 217 "There lay the familiar streets, frozen with snow or liquid with mud...led to the houses of good people who were putting the babies to bed, or simply sitting still before the parlor stove, digesting their supper." Cather, My Ántonia
Marriage 282 "You know, Lena said confidentially, he married Mary because he thought she was strong-minded and would keep him straight." Cather, My Ántonia
Marriage 291 Lena: "Well, it’s mainly because I don’t want a husband; men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them, they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones...begin to tell you what’s sensible and what’s foolish, and want you to stick at home all the time...prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody." Cather, My Ántonia
Marriage 291 "She [Lena] remembered home as a place where there were always too many children, a cross man and work piling up around a sick woman." Cather, My Ántonia