The balance of the sexes has been altered--there are now more women than men, and the disparity is growing. The problem with this situation, of course, is that now there aren't enough husbands for women. To help with this problem, Sam Tullgren founded the Domestic Center, which trains women to be perfect wives, so they can be happily married. It offers "classes in Allure, Boudoir Manners, Diet, Poise, Budgeting" and arranges marriages:
Joe wasn't satisfied with his wife, Vera, so he sends her back to the center, and resolves to build himself a perfect wife. With cybernetics, he can build an artificial woman with none of the flaws of the real thing, and he can give her all his memories and thought patterns, so they need never disagree--she'll be practically his double. He even arranges for the muscles used for frowning to atrophy, so she will never do anything but smile.
Much to his surprise, this 'perfect' woman isn't so satisfactory. So, he repeatedly 'adjusts' her, adding back 'flaws' like tact and the ability to frown, and finally he even gives her independent volition--which she uses to abandon him and marry his boss:
In the end, he reconciles with Vera.
|William Campbell Gault||Author|