The preservation of remoteness

‘Two people sleeping in one room, even if they are man and wife, is neither wholly hygienic nor always aesthetically agreeable. This is particularly so if one has a cold, or is otherwise unwell. Some young married couples may not like the notion of separate rooms at first though, but after a little reflection they may, I think, realize that it has its advantages. After a few years of married life such an arrangement would be generally appreciated, and is more likely to preserve romantic feeling than when all the processes of going to bed and rising in the morning are completely familiar to one’s husband or wife. The maintenance of romantic feelings depends a little on the preservation of remoteness about personal habits and intimate ways of life.’

‘A Minimum Standard for Accommodation’, in ‘The Small House: Today and Tomorrow,’ Arnold Whittick in collaboration with Johannes Schreiner, Crosby, Lockwood & Son, London, 1947, p49-50

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