What can YOU say in six sentences?
Elizabeth did not really retire as was stated earlier in this tale, but for appearance's sake, that is what she and Marvin told everyone. She became disabled due to extreme bipolar disorder (as if no one knew), and her taking over of all the household duties which Marvin at one time resented was a manifestation of her mania which was, at least then, not under very good control. In college she was highly strung and prone to periods of deep sadness which Marvin found tender and sensitive. She even successfully worked for a number of years, but her condition gradually became debilitating, requiring a handful of hospitalizations and more than one round of electroconvulsive therapy. On a good day, Elizabeth does a load of clothes and takes the dog for a short walk. She then maybe washes her face and brushes her teeth, and eats both breakfast and lunch without having to be reminded; one is free to imagine a bad day.