A House Divided

“When therefore the wife was enraged against her husband, the sons against their father, the servants without cause against their master”, asks a twelfth-century English writer, “might you not say with ample justification that a man is at war with himself?” Well, yes, if the wife, sons and servants are considered to be a part of the “man”, rather than independent individuals. It is interesting that the possibility of servants being enraged against their master with good cause is recognised here, while the concomitant possibility of justly enraged wives and sons is not.

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