To attach himself to a good family and obtain a dowry was an alluring prospect.
As he had received no dowry with his wife, and had, so to speak, taken her "from the halter," he did not stand on ceremony with her.
He’ll carry off Katerina Ivanovna, for whom he is languishing, and pocket her dowry of sixty thousand.
I referred to her being rich and having a dowry while I was only a stuck-up beggar!
The little village and the rather fine town house which formed part of her dowry he did his utmost for a long time to transfer to his name, by means of some deed of conveyance.
That’s a dowry for you.
Although the family accepted the event pretty quickly and apportioned the runaway bride her dowry, the husband and wife began to lead a most disorderly life, and there were everlasting scenes between them.
But he had not reckoned on a dowry; what allured him was the remarkable beauty of the innocent girl, above all her innocent appearance, which had a peculiar attraction for a vicious profligate, who had hitherto admired only the coarser types of feminine beauty.
They were of agreeable appearance and lively character, and though every one knew they would have no dowry, they attracted all the young men of fashion to their grandfather’s house.
Did you know, Ilusha, he is just married, got a dowry of a thousand roubles, and his bride’s a regular fright of the first rank and the last degree.
There are no more uses of "dowry" in the book.
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In India, there are now laws against the tradition of dowry.
If I were to marry again tomorrow, I wouldn’t give up one friend. I’d take them all with me as a sort of dowry and tell my new husband that he was getting a rich wife.