Of late years, the family has got hold of man, and begun to destroy him. When a man is clutched by his family, his deeper social instincts and intuitions are all thwarted, he becomes a negative thing.
D H Lawrence
I suspect that here DHL does not mean mankind when he says ‘man’. This is a verbalised version of the famous Thurber cartoon where the house and the housewife are one and the same, a looming, threatening presence.
What do you think? In my view, it is a wise woman who gives her man plenty of rope…. 😉