She stays with you as long as she can put up with your shit and you stay with her as long as you can put up with her shit. That’s the way it is behind the veil of flummery that usually veils these matters.
Good old Donald Barthelme dropping truth in his version of Snow White.
While they sped forward on the black untwisting highway watched on either side by a dark wall of trees, the salesman said that it had been his personal experience that you couldn’t sell a copper flue to a man you didn’t love.
Flannery O’Connor, “You Can’t Be Any Poorer Than Dead.”