Take my wife, please! –H. Youngman

In 1841 Heinrich Heine married Eugénie Mirat, a saleswoman in a Parisian bootshop. She was uneducated, foolish, and vain. Heine’s affection for her did not preclude an awareness of her shortcomings. At his death he left her his whole estate on condition that she marry again, “because then there will be at least one man who will regret my death.”

[Heine died in abject poverty, so the leavings were not large.]

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