IKR. Not only that, the FL is from a warm climate, but the husband estate is in the cold side, so she often fall sick, maybe this the reason the husband forbid her doing the Duchess work (But would it kill him to speak honestly, instead of belittling her, deemed her as useless). I just feel bad for the FL, she is living like Rapunzel, isolated in the mansion, her husband never bring her even in the official public occasion where the wife must attend. Not only they never shared a bed, the husband also live in the separate mansion in the capital, only came to the estate a few times in the year, stay for a week at most, even when the FL literally beg him to have dinner with her, he cut her off. Man, this is just so absurd, he is afraid his wife would view him as 'monster' because his prosthetic, but does it never crossed his mind that his attitude toward her was the epitome of the 'devil' himself. I know, in political marriage, you don't obligated to loved the other, but talk it out please, what kind of marriage it's gonna be, whether it just business or facade. If you can't give the love, let her have a lover, that would be better for both parties. But all these self-centered husband became possessive the moment the wife mention divorce, much more if they mention lover (if the husband do it it's romance, but if the wife do it it's an affair), it's disgusting really.