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Arlene Black (Character)
from Ira & Abby (2006)

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Ira & Abby (2006)
Arlene Black: Marriage is not something to be taken lightly.
Abby Willoughby: I don't take it lightly, I just have a really good feeling about this.
Arlene Black: Ugh, sweetheart, it isn't about feelings. Marriage is a contract.
Abby Willoughby: It isn't about feelings?
Ira Black: Marriage isn't about feelings?
Arlene Black: No, it is, of course it is.
Seymour Black: Yeah, it's about feeling terrible and criticized.
Arlene Black: [coldly] Sy, don't start.

Arlene Black: [Of her 33-year marriage] You two need to know the truth. It's no picnic!
Abby Willoughby: Were you in love in the beginning?
Arlene Black: [simultaneously] No.
Seymour Black: [simultaneously] Not so much.
Ira Black: [unnerved] I thought you were madly in love.
Arlene Black: That's what we told you when you were younger. It was a good story, it made you happy.
Ira Black: You were never in love? That's... that's depressing!
Seymour Black: That's why we didn't tell you.
Arlene Black: You learn to love. You *learn* to love, because you're *stuck* with each other.
Seymour Black: Well, not stuck. Um - *hinged*. Hinged! You're hinged together, so that you can still move a little, but at the end of the day, you're always together, through good and bad.
Abby Willoughby: Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's *very* bad.
Seymour Black: Hasn't been so bad, Arl.
Arlene Black: It's been bad, Sy. Trust me, Abby.