Andrew, I did not imply that you were hoping to go back to the time when there were arranged marriages! I understood your poem but wanted to add my two cents (as usual). I am a history buff and enjoy reading about Victoria/Regency/Georgian etiquette. I find most of it hilarious! I personally know a girl from India whose marriage was arranged for her (about 8 years ago). They talked on the phone, sent letters back and forth, met only once. Then with all the pomp and circumstance of any traditional ritual, she packed her bags and flew to India to get married - her family spent $10,000.00 for the entire thing. She got within an hour of landing and changed her mind!!!! Everyone was devastated! So it does happen in modern times too.
Some women would love to have the security of an arranged marriage I think. Would you arrange for me to marry John Malkovich?