Excellent advice! Something that got missed is the husband’s lack of loyalty to his wife by defending his parents, and therefore their abuse, instead of giving his wife the emotional support she needs and deserves.
A good story with a moral about changing other people's mind about yourself, and caring about their opinion too much is Guy de Maupassant's short story, "A Piece of String". Don't defend yourself, your real friends will do so for you.
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