Espousals

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ESPOUSALS, contracts. A mutual promise between a man and a woman to marry each other, at some other time: it differs from a marriage, because then the contract is completed. Wood's Inst. 57; vide Dig. 23, 1, 1; Code, 5, 1, 4; Novel, 115, c. 3, s. 11; Ayliffe's Parerg. 245 Aso & Man. Inst. B. 1, t. 6, c. 1, Sec. 1.

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cried Renee, clasping her hands, and looking towards her lover with piteous earnestness, "be merciful on this the day of our betrothal.
These are mournful auspices to accompany a betrothal," sighed poor Renee.
Grewgious, 'this betrothal is a wish, a sentiment, a friendly project, tenderly expressed on both sides.
I merely came to tell her, seriously, what a betrothal by deceased parents is.
To proceed: as soon as Luscinda saw me she said, 'Cardenio, I am in my bridal dress, and the treacherous Don Fernando and my covetous father are waiting for me in the hall with the other witnesses, who shall be the witnesses of my death before they witness my betrothal.
Here is a token of our betrothal, Lord, for never a head of cattle have my father and I to send--we who are outcasts; and, indeed, the bridegroom must pay the cattle.
There are trips out to a farm for a picnic and many reports of errands run and domestic tasks fulfilled as well as the big event in their lives at this moment--the betrothal and eventual marriage of the 15-year-old daughter, Adina, to a young man she has not met before the wedding day.
As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love.
Between the laws of levirate marriage, marriage contracts, divorce, and betrothal, the Talmud has more to say about the subject of marriage than virtually any other topic.
Blac announced the betrothal by tweeting a picture of the $325k ring, making sure to mention the diamond was seven carats, and giving a plug for the company that supplied it.
Tasked to magically repair the wall separating Santarem and Olinda, Johanna comes to realize that her past and destiny are even more complex than she realized, which only further complicates her relationship with Rafi, including how she feels about their betrothal.
Betrothal four was to Becky Granger in 2009 but they didn't quite tie the knot because she was too drunk.