your case and mine

p. 39:

‘Well, I married him,’ said Myrtle ambiguously.  ‘And that’s the difference between your case and mine.’

There are two kinds of unhappily married women:  The kind that convinces herself that she narrowly averted a disastrous choice, so the man she married isn’t so bad; and the kind that is convinced that her choice was an elaborate deception, and has revealed himself as the sum of all her fears.  What links these two is the woman’s portrait of the wrong man, the fact that she has this portrait, carries it around in her head, continually defines it and holds it up for comparison until the subject compared slowly takes on all traits of the original portrait.

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