I understand from the facsimile edition of TWL that we know that the "what you get married for" line was from Vivienne. I was unclear in my earlier post about what I was getting at, so let me clarify:
Sweeney is describing the "brass tacks" of this world. He could have said a number of things, each which would have had different shades of meaning, such as:
"Birth, and copulation, and death".
"Birth, and fornication, and death".
"Birth, and sex, and death".
"Birth, and reproduction, and death".
Given that the German that Rick cited implies that "copulation" meant "married sex", "fornication" meant "unmarried sex", and "sex" implies no particular marital status, I was wondering if Sweeney (or Eliot) was being so precise. As an additional thought about "reproduction", I was wondering if the TWL line, "What you get married for if you don't want children?" might also enter into consideration about TSE's attitude toward what constitutes the "brass tacks" of life.
-- Tom --