knitsock ([personal profile] knitsock) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-03-18 09:13 am
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Arranged Marriage (for real this time)

Marriage for love is a such a modern concept. In the past, marriage was
recognised as a social contract. Unions were entered into for many
reasons: to obtain property, to unite families, to carry on a bloodline,
et cetera. Whatever the reason, congratulations, you're getting married!



HOW IT WORKS:
❧ Post a comment with your character's name, canon, and any preferences.
❧ If there's a specific set of circumstances you like best, set the scene.
❧ Or leave your comment blank and let others use RNG to choose the scenario. Feel free to mix and match.
Please note the prompts below are merely suggestions and you're more than welcome to come up with your own situation.
❧ Have fun!


POSSIBLE REASONS FOR MARRIAGE:
① Station → You come from a royal, noble, or otherwise distinguished family who has chosen a suitable spouse for you.
② Feud → You are being married to put an end to the bitter enmity between your two families.
③ Economics → Your economic state and/or your station will improve through the union, though one of you may be marrying down.
④ Empire → You and your spouse are merging your businesses and/or property to create something more influential or profitable.
⑤ Tribute → You have been offered as a gift or appeasement, alternately you're the spoils of war.
⑥ Bloodline → Carrying on your distinguished family name has fallen to you and the equally well-bred spouse of your family's selection.
⑦ Disapproval → Your marriage has been arranged to keep you away from the person with whom you truly wish to be.

POSSIBLE SCENARIOS:
① First meeting → This is the very first time you're meeting your future spouse.
② Courtship → To get to know each other and encourage affection, your family has approved of you going on dates.
③ Engagement party → Be it a huge, formal affair or a small, intimate get together, you're celebrating (or pretending).
④ Wedding day → The big day!
⑤ Reception → The big party!
⑥ Wedding night → Every meme needs a smut prompt, right?
⑦ Honeymoon → Where will you go with your new spouse and what will you do there?
thequitecontrary: (side)

[personal profile] thequitecontrary 2017-03-19 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[ooc: it's fine. She's probably younger in this AU if we make this her first marriage and disregard her canon marriage lol.]

There was another problem. Her fiancee didn't even speak her language very well. Why on Earth were her parents doing this to her? She heaved a deep sigh, trying not to look as mournful as she felt.

"My French is quite limited, unfortunately." The governess had taught her, of course, but she'd never had a head for languages. Numbers were a different story. Math always made sense to her.

"Vienna is quite beautiful, though I must admit that I am partial to London, and the English countryside as well." Mary was never one to hide her opinions, even if they went contrary to another's and she wondered how he would react to that.
18th_century_rockstar: (*smile*)

[personal profile] 18th_century_rockstar 2017-03-19 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)
((ooc: I remeber that I have had somewhere a sheet for all the royal way to adress a person. I am sure one day I will find it back. So this is the thread of ignored canon marriages (I am currently constantly ignoring his marriage *cough*))

Wolfgang looked thoughtful at his bride. It would be complicated to communicate that was for sure. Especially since he thought that it was already enough that he was fluent in three languages. Well four, if he was precise, since he included music, since music was able to express emotions better than hundred of words could.

Mozart laughed when she answered him to his remark about Vienna. /At least she isn't trying to give me an answer that would please me/ he thought and imaged how boring a life with a wife would be, that would always agree with him and wouldn't even try to have a different opinion.

"London ... I was there once, when I was a little boy. I don't recall much of it besides from many concerts in living rooms of rich people". He swallowed down another comment since he reminded himself that he shouldn't anger her. At least not on their first meeting, instead he asked "What are your past time activities?"

He caught himself gazing over to his father. While the minutes passed he rubbed his neck and tried to distracting himself with a more or less intensive marveling over the sinfonia he was working on.
thequitecontrary: (black & white)

[personal profile] thequitecontrary 2017-03-19 10:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Fortunately, Mary liked music. She had a pleasant singing voice, the best one out of she and her sisters. That meant that she didn't have to learn an instrument, which she was rather grateful for.

His laugh was the best response she could hope for. Mary hoped that meant that he had a sense of humor and could take the fact that she was opinionated. Both of their lives would be miserable if he could not.

"Ah, I like to ride horses and I like to read." Upper class ladies didn't have a lot of hobbies. They were supposed to host tea parties and attend charity and social events and make sure that the help was doing what it was supposed to do around the house.

She went back to his previous statement about London. "Was that... strange? Performing at such a young age?"
18th_century_rockstar: (*explaining*)

[personal profile] 18th_century_rockstar 2017-03-21 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
"I see Wolfgang replied and was slightly mad at himself for not finding any other answer. What should he say about how he likes to spend the time when he was not composing or having a concert? While he looked at Mary he thought that she, just like Constanze, wouldn't be fond of the fact that he liked to play cards. It was an old habit from his youth, and no one, from his father to Constanze had never appreciated the fact, that luck had always been on his side. Well, most of the time. Wolfgang saw nothing bad with a bit of gambling here and there. Afterall it was a fun way to get a bit of money.

"Did you had music afternoons too? When I was in London I have played on some, but not always alone but with my sister, Nannerl. Back then I was always played the violin and she played the piano. Speaking of Nannerl, you will meet her soon and I am sure you will like her. She is a sweet heart"

He made a short break before he continued "She was always so nervous when he had to play in front of others. I could never understand that. For me it was always fun and I liked to show the talent I have. Keep in mind I was an eight year old boy who saw this as a game, and not a fight for money to survive"

Out of the corner of his eye he saw that his father was about to close the conversation./Finally we can sit down. What is the use of having a conversation while you stand around in your hall as if you were on a market place?/ he was asking himself.

Leopold stepped forward, telling them that it was about time to go into the dinning room. They took their seat at the table and waited for the soup to be served.

The sudden silence at the table began to feel awkward and Wolfgang had a hard time not to utter a remark. He knew himself and his humor too good and he didn't want to give a wrong impression.
thequitecontrary: (over the shoulder)

[personal profile] thequitecontrary 2017-03-23 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
Mary actually did play cards and didn't mind a bit of wagering on it so long as it wasn't excessive.

"Not every day," Mary replied about music at the house. "But my sisters and I would perform sometimes. I sang, Edith played piano and Sybil played violin."

Her fiancee probably had hundreds of fascinating stories about performing for royalty across Europe. She knew that he was quite popular and famous. A man like that usually brought all sorts of women out of the woodwork. She hoped that he was not the type whose eyes - and hands - wandered.

Mary sat next to Wolfgang at the table, noting the awkward silence in the air. He looked like he was trying to hold himself back from saying something. "Your... house is quite lovely," Mary said to Leopold in an attempt to start polite conversation.
18th_century_rockstar: (*thinking* / *checking out*)

[personal profile] 18th_century_rockstar 2017-03-24 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
For the first time Wolfgang was all ears. At least his future wife would have some connection to music. He asked himself if she would be still interested in singing. After all he had already experience enough with being a teacher. Suddenly he remembered the times he wrote songs for Constanze's sister Aloysia who was now a local star in Vienna.

"I hope that one day you will sing something for me. Maybe I have something .. ehm fitting for you" While he smiled a bit helpless his inner self was glaring at him. Yes, he had to stop playing the musician who was too fond of himself. /Maybe she just thinks I was just searching for the right word. It might be an advantage, especially in situation like this, that I am not good at English. At least for the first time I can use this as excuse/ he talked to himself in his thoughts.
"I am writing a lot" he added

"Thank you. I am sure you will like it even more when you have seen the rest of the house" Leopold replied. Wolfgang ate the soup in silence, having the feeling that this would be the longest dinner he had attained in a while. Five people on a table on which should sit at least three more people: his sister with her husband and his beloved mother.

Like so many times in the last weeks Wolfgang asked himself if she had allowed this marriage but he was also asking himself, if she would have said yes, would she like his future wife? She made a nice impression. A bit cold but beautiful.

"After dinner I can show you the house. Only if you want. I can understand if you need some rest from your journey" Wolfgang said to Mary, unsure if he should already address her with her forename or not.
Wolfgang caught the approving look from his father, which he replied with a questioning look. For Mozart it was clear that this was what his father would have ordered him to do, once the dessert would be served. Since Wolfgang knew his father it was too easy to guess what he was up to and so be took a step forward so Leopold couldn't add another point to his score in this game.