An economist describes just just how a commercial Revolution-era English practice is not as bad though it sounds bad) as it sounds (even.
A man at the fair in Casterbridge spouts off, saying after a few too many rum-soaked basins of furmity
“For my component, we don’t realise why males who ‘ve got wives and want that is don’t, should not get trip of ‘em since these gipsy fellows do their old horses. Why shouldn’t they place ‘em up and offer ‘em at auction to guys that are looking for such articles? Hey? Why, begad, I’d sell mine this full minute if anybody would purchase her!”
That is accompanied by the inciting incident that commences Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge. This is an isolated aberration, a lapse in judgment brought on by hitting the rum-laced furmity—a close relative of oatmeal, as unappetizing as that sounds in the work of fiction. [Read more…] about Why Wife-Selling Had Been Advantageous for Spouses