"Did your father really blow his brains out because of your mother?"
"Yeah. He was on the telephone. He told her he had a gun. He said 'If you don't come back to me I'm going to kill myself. Will you come back to me?' And my mother said, 'No.' There was a shot and that was that."
"What did your mother do?"
"She hung up."
(Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye, #43)