Most of the people I know would do far better to leave marriage alone. It is at the bottom of three fourths of their troubles.

Background.

Bleak House

itemMost of the people I know would do far better to leave marriage alone. It is at the bottom of three fourths of their troubles.” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 41).

item Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.

 

Context.

item This quotation is said by Mr. Tulkinghorn.

item Taken from the following passage in Chapter 41 of Bleak House:

“My experience teaches me,” says Mr. Tulkinghorn, who has by this time got his hands in his pockets and is going on in his business consideration of the matter like a machine. “My experience teaches me, Lady Dedlock, that most of the people I know would do far better to leave marriage alone. It is at the bottom of three fourths of their troubles. So I thought when Sir Leicester married, and so I always have thought since. No more about that. I must now be guided by circumstances. In the meanwhile I must beg you to keep your own counsel, and I will keep mine.”

 

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