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LOVE IS BLIND

MANY, MANY YEARS AGO AND PRESENTLY TODAY THERE IS A TYPE OF CUSTOM
EXISTING IN POLAND. WHENEVER A YOUNG GIRL OF MARRIAGEABLE AGE HAS A
DOWRY OF LAND FROM HER PARENTS (1 ACRE UP), SHE WILL HAVE NO TROUBLE
MARRYING. REGARDLESS IF SHE IS HOMELY, ILL MANNERED, ETC., SHE WILL
HAVE MANY SUITORS AT HER DOOR. A BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL GIRL WILL
PROBABLY BE A SPINSTER IF SHE HAS NO DOWRY OF LAND. LOVE IS NOT THE
BASIS OF THESE MARRIAGES.

Where learned: DURING A VISIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Signs of availability

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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An Unpleasant Surprise

There was a young engaged couple from a small town who had come home from a date one night. Nobody was home and the house was dark. On the table there was a note for the girl which said to close the basement windows. Seeing that noone was around, the young couple stripped down naked. The girl got on the boy's shoulders piggy-back and they started down the stairs. As they reached the last step all the lights went on - it was surprise bridal shower for the girl!

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Where learned: DURING A VISIT

Keyword(s): ALLUSION TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ; Engagement ; HUMOR ; JOKES ; MARRIAGE ; Modesty ; Moral ; PARTY ; Prank ; SEX ; SURPRISE ; YOUTH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic
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