Nineteenth-century reviews, like current critical essays, tend to spare a few lines on the novel before moving on to The Talisman, but twentieth-century treatments of The Betrothed
could be especially harsh: Scott's biographer Hesketh Pearson famously dismissed the novel as "clearly composed in a somnolent if not stertorous condition," and argued that it "would score high marks in a competition to decide which was the dreariest and stupidest book ever produced by a writer of genius.
Field replied: "I would love to be your betrothed
until the end of time.
The first chapter of Luke includes the Annunciation, emphasizing that Mary is betrothed
to a man of the house of David (1:27) and that her Son is to be regal (1:32-33).
Mary protests a little, but she is betrothed
and must spend a year before they consummate the marriage.
Almost as quickly, the custom set in where the newly betrothed
would take off for their engagement "photo-sessions" in the city, the permit given by the village cadre for the purpose being sufficiently effective to allow them into a single hotel room in which young men and women did what young men and women did.
At least that's true in the Lexington Public Schools district, where gay-themed children's books like King & King, about two betrothed
princes, are included in the curriculum.
Uness Nyambi says she was betrothed
as a child so her parents could finance her brother's choice of a bride.
Margaret Severin-Hansen's palpable ease and delight complemented Pablo Javier Perez's ballon and strong jetes battus in their pas de deux as betrothed
friends of the Prince.
He also describes traditions for getting betrothed
, meeting the relatives, running a proper stag party, performing the ceremony, cavorting at the reception, and conducting the honeymoon that could induce cold feet even in the most hot-blooded.
The eldest daughter finds her mind and spirit awakened with her learning, yet knows she must keep her knowledge hidden, even from her betrothed
When Amphion's wife blasphemes the god Apollo, the oracle predicts doom for her 14 children, and Iokaste's betrothed