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.

References in classic literature ?
"O Villefort!" 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.'
"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.
Despite being completely blocked in China, Li's Facebook post announcing the betrothal had a whopping 154,000 likes within six hours flat.
Torn between her family loyalties, her guilty relief at escaping her betrothal to the charming but arrogant Avery Lockland, and her complicated feelings for the Huntress, Rowan must find a way to break the curse before it destroys everything she loves.
In Chinese culture, the families of a couple hold a betrothal ceremony called Ting Hun, a time-honored tradition upheld by those who came before them.
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.
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.