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Mary Annette Russell
“A man wants a wife who sits still, and not only still but on the same chair every day so that he knows where to find her should he happen to want anything.”
“Sometimes, I recollect, those twenty years with her had seemed long; but that was because, firstly, twenty years were long, and secondly because we are none of us perfect, and thirdly, because a wife, unless she is careful, is apt to get on one's nerves.”
Mary Annette Russell, Australian-born English writer
(1866 - 1941)
Full name: Mary Annette “May” Beacham Russell Russell von Arnim. She also wrote as Elizabeth von Arnim (see quotations under that name).