Friday, September 20, 2013
Dresses and girls. Coquetterie
"Who was Christin Immofer?" woman did not understand.
"Ho," the Satan answered. "Christin, who was approximately twenty years old, was accused of fornication and found guilty of adultery in 1721. The court investigated her "crimes" based on the testimony of three local rural pastors. She was a salacious woman. But what left of her? Only desolation and ghost. The wonderful world is gone."
"Why so?" the woman inclined her eyelashes.
"Because she hired a dress from a local noblewoman," Old Nick answered. "This dress had gone old."
"That is just normal," the answer sounded. "The peasant girls have always tried noble ladies' dresses on, which the latters vouchsafed them — if those items were got along in years."
"Examples?" Satan questioned loudly.
"Examples are not far to take. Exactly two centuries later Oskar Luts described bethrothal problems in Estonian village in his bestseller Suvi (“Summer”, 1918). In the novel, young bourgeoise lady Ärnja wants to engage with handsome peasant boy Jaan Imelik. Her more aristocratic father is against it, but Ärnja hires her handmaiden to persuade him. The reward — her new dress. That means, ugh, Ärnja's old dress, adapted and gifted for the pagegirl."
"Be careful with that man, Imelik is a famous seducer."