Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate…”

Genesis 3:17 And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life…”


“The Garden is lost, but I have found him, and am content. He loves me as well as he can; I love him with all the strength of my passionate nature… If I ask myself why I love him, I find I do not know, and do not really much care to know…”

-From Eve’s Diary in Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve

“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her. At first I thought she talked too much; but now I should be sorry to have that voice fall silent and pass out of my life.”

-From Adam’s Diary in Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve


Sixty-year-old woman: “When I was younger, I didn’t think I was enough, and my husband, too, whatever he did or didn’t do. I thought he should know what I wanted without my having to say a word, even though I said a lot of words. Now that I’m older, I can’t imagine how stupid I was. You see, most of the time I didn’t even know what I wanted – and sometimes I still don’t, but that doesn’t bother me anymore. I do the best I can, and I love him. That’s enough.”

Sixty-year-old man: “When I was in my twenties, whew, all those hormones! My first wife, well, that didn’t last very long. She took everything I had. I wish I’d thought about partnership, you know, trusting the person I’d married would be able to take care of things for us if I was tied up at work and wasn’t there. My second wife is like that. She can handle everything, and we’ve been married for thirty years.”


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