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S: Our Married Life

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FC: Our Wedding | by: Ted Anderson and Matilda Tan

2: As of right now, I feel devastated. My father, a famous senator, has arranged a marriage with the son of another famous senator. I am only 15 years of age, while my to-be husband is almost twice of that. I have tried to plead with my mother, but she only says to listen to my father. I plead with my father, but he says to be respectful to the wish of my elders. Although I don’t have anyone I love right now, I only wish to marry for love, not for the sake of my family’s social class. I have seen the man I am marrying. He seems to be as nervous as I am, although being so much older. | The Wife

3: I hope this marriage will somehow not go through. Perhaps the gods will not approve of this marriage, and cast some sort of bad omen upon my wedding. However, I can’t look upon this wedding as a complete terror. I am of a high social class standing, so thus once I am married, I’ll also take a high position as the role of the mistress of my household. I’ll have much authority over my children and the slaves, in addition to privileges of conducting business and such. I'll even be celebrated on Matronalia! Still though, all these benefits do not outweigh the misfortune of being forced to marry a complete stranger.

4: The Husband: To start, I don’t know who this woman is that I am to marry. She knows as much about me as I do of her. Also, I have yet to see her. It would be painful if I have to live the rest of my life married to a hog, fat and hairy. Our wedding has been arranged by my father, a powerful senator, and her’s, one even higher up, as an alliance. The dowry, although seemingly meager, is a huge thing. The joining of our two familiae will increase each of our fathers’ prestige. My own father is hoping to become consul and needs my future wife’s father to support his claim. They hope to achieve their whims with both of their powers joined together. I hate this entire process. The confarreatio is a jumble of courtesy and pomp, religious ceremony and superstition. The ceremony itself will probably prove to be a tense and on-edge affair; with the emperor and a score of senators in attendance, there is far too much power concentrated for the damn thing to be enjoyable. It is supposed to last ages, my own father having told me that it was a tedious occurrence.

5: The preparing and planning of the feast also is proving pestering. Only the finest cooks can serve, my mother says. The entire thing is a show of wealth and influence, with only the best wines, the best foods, the best entertainment. The marriage would surely make any plebian broke. I believe it is great folly to waste so much wealth and toil so long, but the show of power will help my father. I wish for this to be over, and for my wife not to be horrendous or lack-witted. It is obvious that I am being groomed to rise as high as my own father, if not above. I have no problem with this, but if all of such a life is as tiresome as this one wedding, I think I will end up a miserly grouch.

6: I am not a religious man, having been schooled in Stoicism as a boy. The ceremony with all of its religious incantations and reverence is a farce. Perhaps one of those in attendance will actually be a godly man, but of the rest they do not care for the ritual, not even the emperor, himself the pontifex maximus. I also think the cause of the marriage is vile. I hope that some day court intrigue and plotting can be removed from our government, this vying for position, this jockeying for power. I will describe the ceremony: The emperor in his role of high priest presides over the ceremony, with ten others as witness to the marriage. The man and woman’s hands are bound, and oaths are sworn. Many sacrifices are made, the omens read. How to discern the future from the bloody entrails of a lamb I will never know nor understand. The future husband and wife eat a farreum, a cake from the far grain. Then comes the procession to my home. A great procession winds it way through the streets, including singers, important men, and many others. Last the husband carries the wife across the threshold, signifying how she is now been taken into his house. Like I said before, the process is a joke. It is imbecilic that for a marriage to be legal in the patrician class it must be consummated in such a ridiculous fashion. | Our Engagement Party

8: Bride Preparations | In preparation for this marriage, I’ll have to go through a series of ceremonial preparations. On the day before this hateful wedding, I’ll have to present my bulla to the shrines in my father’s house. After this, I’ll have to try on my wedding dress for the hope of a good omen. Maybe I’ll try to evade this On the morning of the wedding, my mother will dress me in my tunica recta, which was completed with a tied knot, the knot of Hercules, around my waist. When she has finished dressing me, my hair will be done.

9: Six locks of hair will be made, fastened by a spear, and then tied by ribbons. Later, my face will be veiled. On the day of the wedding, my father’s house will have been decorated with many flowers and such, and our omens will be taken there before dawn. If the omens were pronounced good, then my wedding would begin. Please, please, please let the omens condemn our marriage.

10: Groom Preparations | The preparations are making me especially irate. Being of patricians, the bride-to-be and me had to be married via confarreatio; nothing else would do. Deciding the day on which to be married was trying: it cannot be on or immediately after Kalends, Nones, or Ides because of ancient tradition and luck. I have had an iron ring crafted for her by one of the finest smiths in the city. Although not particularly ornate, it is solidly made and obviously well made.

11: Next the invitations had to be carefully planned; to avoid any slight to their prickly prides, my father had to carefully plan which ten would serve as witness and who would attend the feast. Also, my bride’s father decided if she would pass in manum viri, into my own authority. This is traditional in a confarreatio, so it was decided that she would.

12: Pre-Wedding Customs: - iron ring crafted for the bride -wedding invitations had to be made -wedding date must be picked on an auspicious day -bride and grooms omen taking at bride's father's house Wedding Customs: - Man and womans hand bound during ceremony -oaths are sworn: "Ubi tu Gaius, ego Gaia" -animal sacrifices are made -Married couple eat a farreum (cake) Post-Wedding Customs: -procession on the way home for the bride and groom - husband carries bride over threshold -consummation

14: Bride Thoughts: I took a look at my to-be husband today. He seems old, maybe around 30-35 years of age.I am only 15. However, I'm a lot better off than other girls my age, who are married to men 3x their age! I hope he's an intelligent man, for I'd hate to marry a dim-witted person.He looks somewhat tall, and has an extremely fat face. He might be a tad overweight too. He gives off a vibe as a pampered son who gets everything he demands for. I hope this marriage won't go through...

15: However, I know that my wishful thinking is all just wishes. My wishes are not something that ever come true.My father assures me that I'll enjoy a happy married life, however, I know he never truly loved my mother. My mother assures me that this is for my own good, so what can I say? My husband is not too old, nor is he poor, I guess I'll just have to head forward, and see where I end up.

16: Groom's Thoughts: I am not a religious man, having been schooled in Stoicism as a boy. The ceremony with all of its religious incantations and reverence is a farce. Perhaps one of those in attendance will actually be a godly man, but of the rest they do not care for the ritual, not even the emperor, himself the pontifex maximus. I also think the cause of the marriage is vile. I hope that some day court intrigue and plotting can be removed from our government, this vying for position, this jockeying for power.

17: I will describe the ceremony: The emperor in his role of high priest presides over the ceremony, with ten others as witness to the marriage. The man and woman’s hands are bound, and oaths are sworn. Many sacrifices are made, the omens read. How to discern the future from the bloody entrails of a lamb I will never know nor understand. The future husband and wife eat a farreum, a cake from the far grain. Then comes the procession to my home. A great procession winds it way through the streets, including singers, important men, and many others. Last the husband carries the wife across the threshold, signifying how she is now been taken into his house. Like I said before, the process is a joke. It is imbecilic that for a marriage to be legal in the patrician class it must be consummated in such a ridiculous fashion.

20: You are cordially invited to celebrate the official wedding of Ted Anderson and Matilda Tan on Monday January the 21st at 11:30 AM at the home of Bride's father

21: A Very Special Thank You! for your generous presence at the event of our wedding

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