How many women, she wondered, had poisoned their husbands, not for gain or for another man, but out of sheer inability to leave them. The extreme solution is always the simplest. The weed killer is in the soup; the man is in his coffin. . . . Murder is more civilized than divorce; the Victorians, as usual, were wiser.

Mary McCarthy

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Mary Therese McCarthy (June 21, 1912 – October 25, 1989) was an American novelist, critic and political activist.

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