I wasn't the one to receive the longest stick. Mary had many offers, better
offers than me. It was a funny thing, that I was there at the Temple that
day. I wasn't looking for marriage. I had an ok business. Those who hired
me, trusted me. I was respected. But rich I was not. Mary's dowry was
fine. But I am so proud. I didn't like to think my income was bettered
by a marriage. I simply wanted no part of it. And what happened. ....
I was good friends with all those at the temple that day. Especially Samuel,
he who picked the longest stick. All of us were childhood pals. I loved
them. But, you know how everyone sees you if you are unmarried too long,.
The risk of temptation is great, they say, look at all these beautiful
buds, why wouldn't you want to pick one of them? They will make fine wives,
people say. They are obedient and kind and will bring you many children.
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