One of the short stories in Sketches By Boz is "Boarding House" which tells about Mrs. Tibbs, a dominant wife, and Mr. Tibbs, her poor husband ... This is one funny quote that describes them both:
George Cruikshank's illustration
"Mrs. Tibbs was, beyond all dispute, the most tidy, fidgety, thrifty little personage that ever inhaled the smoke of London; and the house of Mrs. Tibbs was, decidedly the neatest in all Great Coram-street... Mr. Tibbs was by no means a large man. He had, moreover, very short legs, but, by way of indemnification, his face was peculiarly long. He was to his wife what the 0 is in 90 - he was of some importance WITH her--he was nothing without her."