You have to admit that seven of ten marriages ending in divorce is not a very promising statistic.
All the Reynolds girls had lengthy marriages.
That old idea dates back to prearranged marriages, when the groom had never seen the bride.
He didn't know if she still yearned for her husband during a time when marriages among servants were arranged, but there was nothing that could soothe the ache a mother felt at losing her child.
In order to prevent youthful unchastity, marriages are contracted between children of eight years old, the girl being brought home to live with the lad at his parents' home till a child is born, when a separate dwelling is provided for the youthful couple.