Although she did not drink martinis, she graciously prepared a double for me every evening before dinner. I introduced her to Tanqueray gin and Noilly Pratt vermouth, the ingredients for a perfect martini. Sensitive husband that I was, I courteously congratulated her every day on a fine martini, cautiously suggesting that it might be a touch drier. Day after day, I congratulated her, suggesting that it might be a touch drier still. One day I sipped the martini and bathed her in kisses: Betsey, youre wonderful, its perfect. She did not take well to my gushing. Betsey almost never raised her voice, but raise it she did: I knew it! I knew it! Of course Im wonderful! Of course its perfect! Youre drinking straight gin.
(Eugene D. Genovese, about his wife Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, in Miss Betsey: A Memoir of Marriage)
(No, I havent read the whole book. If I want to read a radical socialist turned right-wing opportunist, I can always read Marx.)