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    After marriage, it is too late to grumble over incompati24bility of disposition. A mutual understanding should exist before this union and continue ever after, for deception is fatal to happiness.

27    The nuptial vow should never be annulled, so long as its moral obligations are kept intact; but the frequency Permanent obligationof divorce shows that the sacredness of this re30lationship is losing its influence, and that fatal mistakes are undermining its foundations. Separation never should take place, and it never would, if both 60 60:1husband and wife were genuine Christian Scientists. Science inevitably lifts one’s being higher in the scale of 3harmony and happiness.

    Kindred tastes, motives, and aspirations are necessary to the formation of a happy and permanent companion6Permanent affectionship. The beautiful in character is also the good, welding indissolubly the links of affection. A mother’s affection cannot be weaned from her 9child, because the mother-love includes purity and constancy, both of which are immortal. Therefore maternal affection lives on under whatever difficulties.

12    From the logic of events we learn that selfishness and impurity alone are fleeting, and that wisdom will ultimately put asunder what she hath not joined 15together.

    Marriage should improve the human species, becoming a barrier against vice, a protection to woman, strength to 18Centre for affectionsman, and a centre for the affections. This, however, in a majority of cases, is not its present tendency, and why? Because the education of 21the higher nature is neglected, and other considerations,  — passion, frivolous amusements, personal adornment, display, and pride, — occupy thought.

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