Quote by Michel de Montaigne
Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.
This quote suggests that entering into a marriage requires effort, commitment, and perhaps sacrifice. It highlights how marriage is not something that can be taken lightly or entered into without any investments or expectations. Similar to a market, where goods or services are exchanged for money, marriage demands investments in terms of time, energy, and emotions. It implies that while the entry into marriage may come without cost, the success and fulfillment in a marital relationship require continuous investments to make it work.
England is not the jewelled isle of Shakespeare's much-quoted message, nor is it the inferno depicted by Dr Goebbels. More than either it resembles a family, a rather stuffy Victorian family, with not many black sheep in it but with all its cupboards bursting with skeletons. It has rich relations who have to be kow-towed to and poor relations who are horribly sat upon, and there is a deep conspiracy of silence about the source of the family income. It is a family in which the young are generally thwarted and most of the power is in the hands of irresponsible uncles and bedridden aunts. Still, it is a family. It has its private language and its common memories, and at the approach of an enemy it closes its ranks. A family with the wrong members in control - that, perhaps is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
It's not at all good when your cancer is 'palpable' from the outside. Especially when, as at this stage, they didn't even know where the primary source was. Carcinoma works cunningly from the inside out. Detection and treatment often work more slowly and gropingly, from the outside in.