A Duel to the Death

“A modern man,” said Dr. Pym, “must- if he be thoughtful- approach the problem of marriage with some caution. Marriage is a stage- doubtless a suitable stage- in the long advance of mankind towards a goal which we cannot as yet conceive; which we are not, perhaps, yet fitted even to desire. What, gentlemen, is now the ethical position of marriage? Have we outlived it?”

“Outlived it?” broke out Moon. “Why, nobody’s even survived it! Look at all the people married since Adam and Eve- and all as dead as mutton.”

“There is no doubt an interpellation joc’lar in its character,” said Dr. Pym frigidly. “I cannot tell what may be Mr. Moon’s matured and ethical view of marriage-”

“I can tell,” said Michael [Moon] savagely, out of the gloom; “marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline.”

-Michael Moon and Dr. Cyrus Pym, in G.K. Chesterton’s Manalive.

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2 thoughts on “A Duel to the Death

    • jghanby says:

      Glad you liked it!
      Marriage was one of Chesterton’s favorite subjects. He had a very strong marriage with his wife, Frances.
      By the way, I think you would enjoy “Manalive.”

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