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Betrothal

 

a ceremony of marriage engagement. Among Russians in the past, the betrothal (variously called pomolvka, zaruchen’e, rukobit’e, and predsvadeb’e) was one of the rituals in the wedding cycle, following the matchmaking and courtship. At the betrothal ceremony, the parents gave their final agreement to the marriage of their children and set the conditions of the marriage. The contract, sometimes in writing, was usually sealed by a symbolic striking on each other’s hands (rukobit’e) between the fathers of the couple. After the betrothal, it was no longer possible to reject the marriage; if one side broke the agreement, it was obliged to compensate for damages—“to pay for dishonor” (zaplatit’za beschest’e).

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The standard abbreviation for The Spiritual Espousals is SE, while the a, b, or c designation before the line number refers to the first, second, and third sections of the book.
The only records of who actually read The Spiritual Espousals were left by a fellow canon and by a friend of Ruusbroec's from a nearby Carthusian monastery (Wiseman, Introduction, 2, 7), but that does not mean that Ruusbroec himself excluded women from the set of people who could benefit from his description of the unitive life.
The ideas of flux and reflux appear on pages 364-70 (lines 1619-82); the metaphor of the living spring so essential to the interior life section of The Spiritual Espousals appears in the Mirror on page 380 (line 1779), and so on.
The proposal by Ford and Ford (1995) that managerial change effectiveness would be improved by training managers to master change conversations, particularly performance conversations, is an astute presentation of the espousal aspect of organization change.
Essentially, when management espoused a change in the state of a schema the schema is classified as revised, while espousal of the inclination to continue the existing state of a schema implies no revision.
This cell contains those schemas [TABULAR DATA FOR FIGURE 2 OMITTED] for which top management espoused a change in the state of a schema and the interpretation by those in the organization is determined to be consistent with the espousal change.
At the outset of the transformation the unit commanding officer espoused that the unit would be staffed by the "best soldiers" and, as reported by unit personnel, he repeatedly took actions that coincided with this espousal.