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My idea of the ideal wife

   Q. What is my idea of the ideal wife?  What traits and 
     characteristics would be important to me if I were shopping 
     for a wife? 

   A. I would list the following traits and characteristics:

       - physical attractiveness (face and figure)

       - nice personality, easy to get along with, nice disposition

       - decency in speech, manner and dress (i.e. modesty)

       - femininity, ladylikeness

       - goodness, virtue, character, morality

       - honesty, trustworthiness, dependability

       - emotional stability and balance

       - intelligence 

       - good personal habits (non-drinker, non-smoker)

       - thriftiness, frugality (not a spendthrift)

       - naturalness, sincerity

       - politeness, courtesy, good manners

       - kindness, warmth, thoughtfulness, concern for others

       - unselfishness; being self-denying, self-sacrificing

       - reasonableness, fairmindedness

       - absence of malice, bitterness, jealousy, envy

       - good sense, good judgment

       - self-confidence, poise

   Q. The perfect wife that one might envision in his imagination 
     and the wife what one ends up with are likely to be two 
     different things.  One's wife is likely to have a few 
     shortcomings.  What shortcomings in a wife do I think I would 
     have the most difficulty in accepting? 

   A. I think the following:

       - tendency to flirt, chase men

       - coarseness; crudeness; indecency in speech, manner or dress

       - spendthriftiness

   Jan 1989

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