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Chie had a wide circle of devoted women friends, most of whom she knew from her various stints in service. She was close to her ō-oku mistress, O-Miyo, and even after the latter fell from power and Chie left the pal- ace, the two remained in touch. Chie had other loyal friends from her ō-oku days. Many of these women married into the samurai class after their service terms were over, and several visited her even after she returned to Namamugi and commoner life; as we shall see in the next chapter, at least one tried (and failed) to arrange a marriage for Chie

114 4 Marriage On several occasions I have been asked to be a witness at a wedding, to sign my name on a wedding contract, or ketubba. One memorable instance was in the United States in the late 1970s. A colleague was getting married, and after the wedding, she and her husband were planning to spend a year in Israel. The officiating rabbi was a well-known figure in American Jewish life. Otherwise, upon arrival, I knew almost no one among the guests. Soon, however, I heard my name called; I was being summoned to play a role in the ceremony. The rabbi

, ten-year intervals arc employed. M A R R I A G E F O R M S On surveying the material presented in the tables one perceives clearly that two quite distinct cultural phenomena are involved, marriage and separation. What we are dealing with actually is the form of marriage and the fact of separation. (The type of separation may be neglected for the moment.) When the white man first encountered the Indian, the latter possessed a social system which envisaged the union of a man and woman for the purpose of rearing a family and establishing a social unit. It also

Mock Marriage (Early 1900s) THE IDEA behind this unfinished, lightly satirical romance is one that is more somberly presented in some of the other selections in this volume: people cannot rely on an unavailing providence but must help themselves and each other. The practical Minna labels as "twaddle!" the pious notion that a "seeming calamity may be good fortune in disguise" and initiates action to avert disaster and ensure a happy result. The last paragraph brings in as a kind of afterthought another human force that is seen to be working to the

4 . Marriage Women in India doranne jacobson 63 This essay was previously published as “Marriage,” in Women in India: Two Perspectives, ed. Do- ranne Jacobson and Susan S. Wadley (Columbia, MO: South Asia Books, 1977), 40–56. Munni had heard older girls whispering about mahina, something that happened to a woman every month. She had an idea what it was, but still she was not prepared for its happening to her. One day she found a spot on her clothes. She knew it was something embarrassing and tried to hide it, but her cousin’s wife noticed it and took her aside

entomology. MARRIAGE, 1 8 9 7 A student first meeting Boveri in his later years was confronted with a poised personality, restrained in expression, betraying little of his inner self, one who, notwithstanding a lively sense of hu- mour, regarded life with a certain resignation. In his younger years, however, he was high spirited and open to all aspects of life. He expressed himself with particular freedom to Victoire Boveri, the young wife of his brother Walter, in the matter of his affairs of the heart. In his early 30's, he began pondering the problem of

Pp*' making in all, two. — T H E D E V I L ' S D I C T I O N A R Y \ MARRIAGE, n. The state or condition of a community consist- ing of a master, a mistress and two slaves, board the ferry across the Bay, L and on the train to St. Helena, Bierce and I discussed the murders. "Senator Jennings murdered Mrs. Hamon in order to rid himself of a threat of exposure and disposed of her after the manner of the Morton Street murders," Bierce said. "I believe Captain Pusey knows it, knows more than we do in fact, but he has his own springs of action." "His

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