UNEASY MONEY By P. G. Wodehouse

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Grablevskij

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UNEASY MONEY By P. G. Wodehouse:

What a gelatine-backboned thing is man, who prides himself on his clear reason and becomes as wet blotting-paper at one glance from bright eyes! A moment before Mr Pickering had thought out the whole subject of woman and marriage in a few bold flashes of his capable brain, and thanked Providence that he was not as those men who take unto themselves wives to their undoing. Now in an instant he had lost that iron outlook. Reason was temporarily out of business. He was slipping.



Could you, please, help me understand that. Is it the changed idiom "take it upon yourself to do sth"? If not, please, help me understand the grammar of this excerpt.

I understood that he was not as those men who marry women, become breadwinners for them and allow them doing nothing.

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those men who take unto themselves wives to their undoing - men who marry to their detriment. They get married and then they wish they hadn't.

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As a matter of fact I still can't understand this sentence. The only words I can understand are men and wives. And the word order is a mystery to me. Could you explain one more time, please.

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Mr. Pickering is glad he is a bachelor.
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