She was a pound-shop version of me, the mother of his children, and he chose her.
I had noticed three severe looking canes near the bench and watched as she selected one of them to begin the sentence.
We subconsciously seek a partner who resembles our first attachment, so that as 'equal adults' we can rectify the relationship and change the dynamics.
In time I became more demanding, more strict and less tolerant.
After about ten such strokes she paused allowing me to slow my breathing.
I had taken the sentence and she then released me from her control.