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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2020 9:17 p.m. PST

… in England

"So says the young farm labourer Michael Henchard, in one of the most arresting passages in Thomas Hardy's 1886 novel The Mayor of Casterbridge. Near the beginning of the book, Michael gets drunk on rum-laced furmity (frumenty), and has an argument with his wife, Susan. He decides to auction off Susan and their baby daughter, who are bought by a sailor for five guineas. When Michael sobers up, the enormity of what he's done hits home; he realises he cannot get his wife and daughter back, and swears off alcohol for the next 21 years as a result.

The scene is shocking, no doubt, what with Michael's casual brutality, Susan's misery, and the pervasive misogyny. Yet when it emerges that Susan is also quite keen to part ways with Michael, I am struck by there being something oddly progressive in what is essentially a quick no-fault divorce. Michael explains to the onlookers that:…"
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Uparmored26 Apr 2020 12:19 a.m. PST

wish I had a wife and kid to sell…ebay BIN $499 USD plus free shipping. That $499 USD minus shipping would buy me a lot of toys… : P

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2020 3:39 a.m. PST

There will be no wife sales in the United States until the "lemon laws" are extended to include them. Even then--have you got any idea how hard it is to get a bank loan for the purchase of a used wife?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2020 11:54 a.m. PST

Credit card purchase is the only way to go, so you have warranty coverage in case the product(s) are broken, or not as described in the original listing.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2020 2:06 p.m. PST



jhancock26 Apr 2020 3:49 p.m. PST

What about PayPal protection, or would purchasing a spouse be a friends and family transfer without protection on PayPal?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2020 5:53 p.m. PST

Well, it's certainly a family transfer. You can only hope she'll be a friend.

HMS Exeter27 Apr 2020 9:24 a.m. PST

Whatever you do, be sure to use a payment method that goes thru your credit card. In that way, you'll accrue the travel miles you're going to want when you find out why she had entered the steam of commerce in the first place and make your run for it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 11:19 a.m. PST



Dukewilliam Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 4:38 p.m. PST

I like my wife.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 12:02 p.m. PST

Good for you my friend!. (smile)


Uparmored29 Apr 2020 2:46 a.m. PST

Funniest comment I've read in a while Dukewilliam. hahahahahahaha.

I wish I had a wife : (

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2020 7:58 a.m. PST

I grew up in Hardy's Wessex but he's hard going. Not an author if you like cheerful, uplifting stories with happy endings.

arthur181501 May 2020 3:11 a.m. PST

In these days of female equality I'd be worried about my wife selling me!
Though I doubt the ad:

FOR SALE: Husband, sixties, still possesses own hair and teeth, comes complete with collection of military history books and toy soldiers.

would receive many replies!

Henry Martini01 May 2020 5:03 p.m. PST

I've known people who've imported one from Russia or Ukraine, so if you've got several thousand dollars to spare and the time, energy, and patience Uparmored…

Even then you might only get grudging companionship, and as soon as her two-year permanent residence period is up…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2020 2:21 p.m. PST



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