An Occasional Series on Narrative Ethics 1: Courtship and Marriage
The Scene: Inside the Trueman house (think Downton Abbey without either domestic servants, implausible plots or Shirley Maclaine). Mr and Mrs T are sitting by the fireside. Somewhere in the distance, a kettle sings.
Mr T (for it is me) puts down his newspaper and chews wistfully on his pipe. "I say, darling, would you find it terribly inconvenient if I was, you know, sort of engaged to some other, younger woman while still legally spliced in the old bonds of matrimony to your good self?"
The present Mrs T (for it is she) puts down her embroidery: "Frightfully inconvenient, darling. Now do go and make the tea."
Mr T: "Oh, good show! Shall I be mother?"