Roger knew that he needed a wife who was his equal in mind, but as he held Molly’s face between his hands he thought of how often he had neglected the body in his consideration of who would make an ideal partner! He had been charmed by Cynthia’s beauty and pleasant discourse, but to him she had always seemed like a sort of fairy bride, a charming pixie whose heart lay just beyond his reach. In his hands, Molly was flesh and blood, a woman.
Source: Husbands and Wives – Chapter 1, by emmadelosnardos – Wives and Daughters – Elizabeth Gaskell [Archive of Our Own]
A continuation, beautifully exploring Molly and Roger’s relationship as it changes and deepens, somehow making the physical, sexual side seeming entirely in one piece with the novel/series.