The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

She had told Walter about two men who had been in love with her before. She had an affair with each of them for about a year, and they had wanted to marry her, but she had refused. Walter was sure, from what Clara had told him, that both men had been on the weak side. Clara liked weak men, she told him, but she didn´t want to marry them. Walter suspected that Clara considered him the weakest of all, and that was why she had married him. It was not a pleasant suspicion

 

Dear Walter, I think you might be right. And Clara might have married you, because you might have been the easiest one of them all to manipulate.

 

Good grief, these people make me nauseous.