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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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In The Spiritual Espousals, Ruusbroec is presenting to his fellow canons the various possibilities for a full spiritual life, which he describes under the rubric of the active, interior, and contemplative lives.
In fact, Ruusbroec's writings for women, although different from the Spiritual Espousals and less structured, do demonstrate his belief that women could achieve strong, dynamic interior lives.
The Fair Maid questions the validity of women acting as erotic agents and initiating the process of courtship by marking Phillis and Mall's actions as "forward" and by marking the private espousals that take place in the drawer's shop as clandestine.
To explore the phenomenon of organization change the article will present a typology that combines the change espousals of top management with the interpretation of top management actions by the organization membership.
Njeri becomes furious, taking these utopian platitudes as espousals of the total obliteration of distinct identities.
It was published in two parts, the first consisting of The Betrothal (1854) and The Espousals (1856), and the second consisting of Faithful for Ever (1860) and The Victories of Love (1862).
Born in Tacoma, Washington, Brautigan earned fame in the 1960s for his whimsical espousals of alternative lifestyles, freed from the restraints of traditional America.