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The Dowry In France

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The qnestion of money in the dowrv is the tender spot in all French marriages. A peor gr who yoes into a rieh familv of the muidle daas oí society h:is to climb a veritnble C'alvarv before she can 1" Dnited tothe man slir laves. AU the cirenrastances connected with the wedding presents, with the furniture which h.T fiance buys, all the matters connected with her trousseau and with the contract which establishes her share of the property in the future, are so many humiliating obstacles which distress her to the hi';irt and infliot upon her pricle wounds that will never cease to bleed. To what length do these well-known defects and intrigues extend! And how many young girls go sorrowfully to marriage with the ieeling - the certainty - that tney are being married lor their dowries. There is no elasscf French society from the peasant 1o the nobleman, where the same spirit of eovetonsness and the same scènes do not reappear proportionately, altered oaly by the different sj'stems for the s"ttíement of the bride's personal property - that is, herdowry. Eqnal marriages or equal conditions of marriage amongthe peasants, or the middle clasa, or the aristoeraey, are called marriages de eonvenance: and tliey are generally the happiest; not because they bring the bli joys of choice and love with them, hut because owing to the fact that the prejudices of French families in the matter of dowry are not in that case shocked or foreed to make coneessiona or sa ■ ;e life of the young people flowson less disturbed by reproaches less tormentad, and therefore happier.


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Ann Arbor Courier