Promise of

MARRIAGE, PROMISE OF. A promise of marriage is a contract entered into between a man and woman that they will marry each other.
     2. When the promise is made between persons competent to contract matrimony, an action lies for a breach of it. Vide Promise of Marriage.

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The lie it was drawing me by is perhaps Spring's oldest, commonest lie,--the lying promise of the Perfect Woman, the Quite Impossible She.
A written promise of marriage exchanged between a man and woman, in Scotland, marries that man and woman by Scotch law.
A man who has betrayed a woman under a promise of marriage is forced by that law (in the interests of public morality) to acknowledge her as his wife.
With the promise of merciless vengeance written in the Devil s writing on his Devil-possessed face, he kept his eyes fixed on the hated woman whom he had ruined--on the hated woman who was fastened to him as his wife.
On the faith of the written promise of marriage exchanged between you in Scotland," he said, "you claim Mr.
Edna could see before her no denial--only the promise of excessive joy.
We shall not tell her at all, unless it be under the promise of the strictest secrecy.
Tom was a handsome young fellow; and for that species of men Mrs Honour had some regard; but this was perfectly indiscriminate; for having being crossed in the love which she bore a certain nobleman's footman, who had basely deserted her after a promise of marriage, she had so securely kept together the broken remains of her heart, that no man had ever since been able to possess himself of any single fragment.
This promise of an impotent old man was so strange that, instead of being the result of the power of his will, it might emanate from enfeebled organs.
Family Promise of Greater Denver, an affiliate of Family Promise, is celebrating the week locally, which also recognizes the efforts of more than 1,000 volunteers who support the nonprofit's mission to help families struggling with homelessness.
To take refuge in the absurd promise of mercy from God disrupts any totalizing schemas that efface what cannot be incorporated.
How the life insurance industry answers that question will determine the future promise of the industry.