Albert Einstein Wrote List Of “Terms” For Wife: “You Will Not Expect Any Intimacy From Me”
10:00 am, April 19th | by Amy Tennery
We were a bit miffed a few months back when Stephen Hawking claimed that women “are a complete mystery” to him. So it should have been less of a surprise today that fellow genius Albert Einstein also had a tricky time relating to women.
And by “tricky time” I mean… well, it actually sounds like he was kind of a turd.
One lady, in particular, seemed to suffer the brunt of Einstein’s peevishness: His wife of more than a decade, Mileva Maric.
As their marriage began to deteriorate, Einstein set forth a list of “terms” to keep the partnership civil, if not romantic. Einstein’s criteria almost universally applied to his wife, of course, demanding that she uphold a certain domestic standard to keep him happy.
The terms of non-endearment couldn’t keep the pair from divorcing in 1919, according to Lists of Note, which found the set of Einsteinian standards. But the “conditions,” as Einstein described them, will forever serve to undermine that fuzzy grandpa-esque image cultivated through years of dorm room posters and Mac ads.
Here are a few of Einstein’s choice “conditions” for poor ol’ Maric. Note that they’re formatted like a scientific outline! It’d be almost precious if it weren’t so horrifying:
A. You will make sure:
1. that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;
2. that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;
3. that my bedroom and study are key neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.
B. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons.
C. You will obey the following points in your relations with me:
1. you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way;
2. you will stop talking to me if I request it;
3. you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.
What a charmer.