A Leap Day Love Quiz: Literary Proposals
Perversely, Leap Day (or in less strict circles, a whole Leap Year) is apparently traditionally the only time a woman may propose marriage to a man. I’d never heard of this before today, but I’ve heard mention of it many times since this morning, so I must have been living under a rock. What a bizarre notion, tongue-in-cheek or not – they only occur every four years! That seems a long time to wait if you’re head-over-heels for somebody. But I do like this bit, according to wikipedia:
“Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation was deemed to be a pair of leather gloves, a single rose, £1 and a kiss.”
By that logic, a woman could just wander around all day, proposing to men wildly out of her league, and if she didn’t have a husband by day’s end, she’d have a decent chunk of pocket money and a nice bouquet of flowers.