From "BBC Play of the Month: The Millionairess (#8.1)"
[to Adrian Blenderbland
] Mr. Blenderbland, it's a mistake for anyone to go in to court in the character of a man who's been called "a skunk". It's also very difficult for a plaintiff to get sympathy in the character of man who's been thrashed by a woman. Now if Mrs. Fitz-Fassenden had stabbed you or shot you or poisoned you, that would have been quite in order; your dignity would not have been compromised.