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Women forgive

London, Oct. 29: In a finding that will come as no surprise to the wives of philandering Cabinet ministers, television presenters and footballers, researchers discovered women adopt more forgiving attitudes than men.

After a row, women are more likely to seek reconciliation than men and can be more easily soothed by an apology or offer of a romantic dinner. Men are more likely to hold grudges and seek revenge, a study says.

The history of adultery is littered with wives of politicians and celebrities who stood by their men despite extreme provocation. Bill Clinton was forgiven by Hillary. Other merciful wives include Norma Major, who forgave John Major after his affair with Edwina Currie.

Her findings, presented at a conference on forgivenessin America this week, are from a study of 200 volunteers asked about a row or disagreement in the past two weeks.

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