A man of his times, Zebadiah Crossing was surrounded by women who had a way of smiling sweetly and deferring to their menfolk. But something drew him to the spirited Nora Double who liked to go her own sweet way, no shrinking violet.
She would only accept his marriage proposal on condition she kept her maiden name. Hyphenation was the obvious compromise although he put his foot down to insist his surname precede hers on grounds of gender and alphabetical precedence. Being illiterate, however, Zebadiah commanded Nora to go register their joint title.
It was the first of many reversals.