Ennui

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In my research on wife selling, there seems to have been two reasons that loom large for separation: the woman falls for someone else, and that they both become weary of each other. This painting by Sickert, in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum seems to sum it up so well. The husband drinking and smoking, the woman more interested in taxidermised birds, with their backs to each other. Not much left there.

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