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All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes
Posted June 12, 2009 to photo album "All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes"
Slide 3: First Comes Marriage
Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina begins with what may be one of the most-quoted opening lines in literature, “All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. ” In the 1935 film Anna Karenina, Anna (Greta Garbo) and her husband Alexei (Basil Rathbone) are unhappy. Burt and Verona think that they can be a happy family if they have a support network. Writing in the Times of London, Stephanie Coontz, the preeminent family historian and author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage observed: “Even the best-matched couples need to find gratification and support from sources other than their partner. When they don't … they have less to offer each other and fewer ways to replenish their relationship. Often the marriage buckles under the weight of the partners' expectations that each will fulfill all the other's needs.”