Photo: Albert and Mileva in happier times.
By 1914 Albert Einstein’s marriage to Mileva Marić was starting to break down.
In an attempt to stay together for the sake of their children Einstein presented the following list of demands to his wife.
You will make sure:
that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;
that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;
that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.
You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, You will forego:
my sitting at home with you;
my going out or traveling with you.
You will obey the following points in your relations with me:
you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way;
you will stop talking to me if I request it;
you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.
You will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior.
Unsurprisingly after just a few months Mileva left Albert in Berlin, Germany to move to Zurich with the couples’ children.
They went on to divorce in 1919