Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Kreutzer Breakdown

If you ever plan to pledge the rest of your life to a member of the opposite sex, avoid reading Tolstoy at all costs.

I can't even begin to describe how depressing The Kreutzer Sonata is. The depression stems from the fact that my experience with women (and, most likely, yours) is more or less entirely in line with that of the main character, and the conclusion he reaches (which I can't even bear to relate for fear of depressing you as well) seems to be the inevitible end.

I pray for the contrary with every waking moment.

When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?"

"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

"Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"

Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."

The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."

Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."

[Matthew 19:1-12]


Blogger spencer hayward said...

be careful with that tolstoy fellow. despite what he may write in the kreutzer sonata, his marriage was actually a very happy one (well, until he converted to christianity late in life and took on some rather difficult beliefs in regards to that).

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