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It was the most authentic thing I had done, relationship-wise, in years. Accordingly,It is woman who is the true agglutinator and civilizer of society. German peasant women, he tells us, called it the rose-wreath (Rosenkrantz).
Then comes the ceremony, which he performs, of uncovering her face.
I have elsewhere referred to thehighly emotional and sentimental traits which have frequently markedGerman friendships.
He was possibly alluding to HerbertSpencer, who suggested a psychological explanation of the apparentprevalence of marriage by capture based on the supposition that, capturinga wife being a proof of bravery, such a method of obtaining a wife wouldbe practised by the strongest men and be admired, while, on the otherhand, he considered that female coyness was an important factor inconstituting the more formal kinds of marriage by capture ceremonial.69Westermarck, while accepting true marriage by capture, considers thatSpencer’s statement can scarcely be disproved.70 In his valuable studyof certain aspects of primitive marriage Crawley, developing theexplanation rejected by Fustel de Coulanges, regards the fundamental factto be the modesty of women, which has to be neutralized, and this is doneby a ceremonial use of force, which is half real and half make-believe.