Friday, July 01, 2005

This Week's Chesterton Essay

On Evil Euphemisms
by G.K. Chesterton

Somebody has sent me a book on Companionate Marriage; so called because the people involved are not married and will very rapidly cease to be companions...And it seems to me exceedingly funny that, just when the rising generation boasts of not being sentimental, when it talks of being very scientific and sociological--at that very moment everybody seems to have forgotten altogether what was the social use of marriage and to be thinking wholly and solely of the sentimental. The practical purposes mentioned as the first two reasons for marriage, in the Anglican marriage service, seem to have gone completely out of sight for some people, who talk as if there were nothing but a rather wild version of the third, which may relatively be called romantic. And this, if you please, is supposed to be an emancipation from Victorian sentiment and romance.
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