Earle is a bachelor, not by choice but rather by calling. He would like to have married, but the scholarly pressures that he put upon himself were too demanding and his expectations of any feminine counterpart were too high. Of necessity a potential wife would have to be a woman with an attractive personality, an IQ of 185, and a pliability that would enable her happily to adapt to his way of thinking and to his way of doing things. Needless to say, he never found just such a person.
Gerald F. Hawthorne. History and Exegesis: New Testament Essays in Honor of Dr. E. Earle Ellis for his 80th Birthday, pg. 11.