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A man looks enchanted while his beautiful young bride talks nonsense; it comes so prettily from her ruby lips, and she blushes and dimples with such lovely attraction while she utters it; he casts his eyes around him with conscious elation to see her admirers, and his enviers; but he has amply his turn for looking like a fool himself, when youth and beauty take flight, and when his ugly old wife exposes her ignorance or folly at every word. '
His poor old wife wept most bitterly at parting with her relations, who clung to the carriage door till the train started.
Perplexed and horrified, the old wife was wringing her hands and keening, 'O, o, o, you are going to drive a fishhook into his brain.
If it should come to pass that every old wife in the clachan had a hold of her bonny name!
For three years I went to Sphairia one month out of four, living with Kannadis and his fat old wife in their little house at the edge of the grove.