Hush money

Country Life Every Week - - Marriage Counselling -

How do I broach the sub­ject of my prospec­tive son-in-law’s par­ents con­tribut­ing to the wed­ding?

It’s 2017 and the no­tion of a woman be­ing ‘given away’, of ‘obey­ing’ her hus­band and, by ex­ten­sion, of her fa­ther foot­ing the bill like some me­dieval bride price, is as nox­ious as, shall we say, a statue of Ce­cil Rhodes. If the mean old git hasn’t al­ready of­fered to pay what he can, your daugh­ter needs se­ri­ously to re­con­sider the choice of fam­ily she’s mar­ry­ing into.

He must be shamed into evo­lu­tion. Raise the pe­tard of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness in right-minded com­pany and wait for him to hoist him­self. With any luck, he’ll write a cheque for the whole thing out of sheer em­bar­rass­ment, in or­der to hush it up.

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