Charles Darwin, Aquarius, listing the pros and cons of a possible marriage in a secret diary or something. Pro & Con lists are terribly simple but an awesome device, nonetheless. They’re also totes Aquarius, i.m.o. What do you think of this list? YES – the comfort of the marital couch in front of the fire etc etc but hell no having to visit relatives and (this is SO Aqua) having to “bend in every trifle.” I GET IT!
* FYI he had Uranus in Scorpio on the North Node!!! V.suitable for someone happy to rock the conventional boat by saying we were all descended from protoplasm, apes etc – not Adam + Eve and/or Lilith/various Demon Lovers. I feel close to Darwin because visiting academics (who looked seriously like time travellers, in sort of Edwardian gear) once came to my house in Sydney looking for evidence of Darwin’s MISTRESS. It is to this day the most interesting bunch of people who have ever cold call knocked on my door.
This is the Question [circled in pencil]
Children –(if it Please God) — Constant companion, (& friend in old age) who will feel interested in one, — object to be beloved & played with. — –better than a dog anyhow. — Home, & someone to take care of house — Charms of music & female chit-chat. — These things good for one’s health. — but terrible loss of time. –
My God, it is intolerable to think of spending ones whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, & nothing after all. — No, no won’t do. — Imagine living all one’s day solitarily in smoky dirty London House. — Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music perhaps — Compare this vision with the dingy reality of Grt. Marlbro’ St.
Freedom to go where one liked — choice of Society & little of it. — Conversation of clever men at clubs — Not forced to visit relatives, & to bend in every trifle. — to have the expense & anxiety of children — perhaps quarelling — Loss of time. — cannot read in the Evenings — fatness & idleness — Anxiety & responsibility — less money for books &c — if many children forced to gain one’s bread. — (But then it is very bad for ones health to work too much)
Perhaps my wife wont like London; then the sentence is banishment & degradation into indolent, idle fool –
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