When people asked if I would marry I used to blithefully say, "I would rather have a bone in my nose. Ha, ha!" I had decided that the institution of marriage was too primitive for me. I saw it as servitude for women, and sensed a risk of entrapment. I did notice that my frank opinion shocked and even offended people but in my youth I was honest to a fault. I did not intent to bring children into this godawful world and I believed that providing for children was the primary function of marriage. I had no conception of the fun, friendship, and financial partnership that might also be found therein. I was somewhat baffled by other young women's ardent desire to marry while I was determined to avoid it. Someone once called me "a peach of a girl" but I am pretty sure it was sarcasm.*
* A peach is "a particularly excellent or desirable thing of the kind specified. informal Peach has been used since the mid 18th century as a colloquial term for an attractive young woman and more generally since the mid 19th century for anything of exceptional quality."
by Annmarie Throckmorton 2021