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.
The woman retains ownership of her dowry—but the husband has all the rights to its use.
Time Magazine, 1977 -- http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,918581,00.html(retrieved 09/02/09)
In India, a dowry death is the killing of a wife by a husband or his family for bringing insufficient dowry.
Proffers his only daughter to your Grace In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry.
Shakespeare -- King Henry VI, Part 1
Miss Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much attention at the Westbury House festivities, is an only child, and it is currently reported that her dowry will run to considerably over the six figures, with expectancies for the future.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Then tell me, if I get your daughter’s love, What dowry shall I have with her to wife?
William Shakespeare -- The Taming of the Shrew
...but I was without beauty and without dowry and it was the best she could do.
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
She had no dowry, no expectations, no way of being known, understood, loved, married by any rich and distinguished man; so she let herself be married to a little clerk of the Ministry of Public Instruction.
Guy de Maupassant -- The Diamond Necklace
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
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The sister also had a dowry of thirty thousand rupees, and both Lalla and Vere were short of money at the time, for both enjoyed expensive drinking sessions.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
There was the vital matter of two dowries.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
We children would help Song Po-po polish the mahogany table and Grandma’s four prized red-and-gold dowry trunks until we could see our reflections in the wood and leather.
Ji-Li Jiang -- Red Scarf Girl
At Duke, Jack had wanted to become a sculptor, and now after postwar study at the Art Students’ League, he had removed himself to the serene little hills behind Nyack to fashion huge objects in cast iron and sheet metal—aided (he allowed to me without reticence) by what might be construed as a fine dowry, since his bride was the daughter of one of the biggest cotton-mill owners in South Carolina.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
He will take you with your dowry and take Mademoiselle Bourienne into the bargain.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Uri: part of the betrothal ceremony when the dowry is paid.
Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The dowry of his wife amounted to fifty thousand crowns, and he had, besides, the prospect of seeing her fortune increased to half a million at her father’s death.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
Thou will have no dowry from me, snake, nor your mother’s inheritance.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
We’d keep his house as dowry for his mother- his mother and the man who marries her.
Homer -- The Odyssey
She had gold and pearls for her dowry; but her gold was on her head, and her pearls were in her mouth.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Ah Constantine! of how much ill was mother, not thy conversion, but that dowry which the first rich Father received from thee!
Dante Alighieri -- Dante’s Inferno
Kosher My parents’ marriage was put together by a rov, a rabbi of a high order who goes to each of the parents and sees about the dowry and arranges the marriage contract properly according to Jewish law, which meant love had nothing to do with it.
James McBride -- The Color of Water
By paying a small sum every week into a society, he ensured for both his daughters a dowry of one hundred pounds each when they came to the age of twenty-four.
James Joyce -- Dubliners
If thou dost marry, I’ll give thee this plague for thy dowry,— be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
William Shakespeare -- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
But I shall add a dowry such as no man has given to his daughter.
Homer -- The Iliad
All the heavy furniture and bedding had to be left behind, and these were promised to the Huangs as my dowry.
Amy Tan -- The Joy Luck Club
She is herself a dowry.
William Shakespeare -- King Lear
And ask no other dowry with her but such another jest.
William Shakespeare -- Twelfth Night
Look on beauty And you shall see ’tis purchas’d by the weight: Which therein works a miracle in nature, Making them lightest that wear most of it: So are those crisped snaky golden locks Which make such wanton gambols with the wind, Upon supposed fairness, often known To be the dowry of a second head, The skull that bred them, in the sepulchre.
William Shakespeare -- The Merchant of Venice
She had gone to Ergushovo, the estate that had been her dowry, and the one where in spring the forest had been sold.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
Well, and who will pay for the dowry and for the wedding and for the middleman’s fees?
Pearl S. Buck -- The Good Earth
The maroon, mirrored quilt that Mortenson felt honored to sleep under had been the centerpiece of Rhokia’s dowry.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
Katrina lost nearly everything on my account-her home, her father, and her dowry.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
Well, that is the dowry of his wife; ’tis none of his own getting.
William Shakespeare -- As You Like It
And we both pray and charge you to come hither as speedily as you may that we may be delighted with your face and speech; and also that you may bring with you the dowry of my wife, which, by reason of my great charges and expenses, I require without delay.
C.S. Lewis -- The Horse and His Boy
She managed an immense dowry for her younger sister, and was married herself in another year.
Anne Rice -- Interview with the Vampire
To attach himself to a good family and obtain a dowry was an alluring prospect.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
The servant had further informed him that he was now going to the Indies with the appointment of Judge of the Supreme Court of Mexico; and he had learned, likewise, that the young lady was his daughter, whose mother had died in giving birth to her, and that he was very rich in consequence of the dowry left to him with the daughter.
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
If he desired to marry her, all was explained; she would bring him a larger dowry.
E.M. Forster -- A Passage to India
The fatal dowry of genius was on that house.
John F. Kennedy -- Profiles in Courage
As to the matter of a dowry, the coffin-maker was willing to be more than generous.
Amy Tan -- The Bonesetter’s Daughter
The trustees will sell that and use the money for her dowry.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- Fever, 1793
That lost parchment once restored, the beautiful Alice Pyncheon, with the rich dowry which he could then bestow, might wed an English duke or a German reigning-prince, instead of some New England clergyman or lawyer!
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
He had spent so much for repairs at Tostes, for madame’s toilette, and for the moving, that the whole dowry, over three thousand crowns, had slipped away in two years.
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
Fleur-de-Lys was his last passion but one, a pretty girl, a charming dowry; accordingly, one fine morning, quite cured, and assuming that, after the lapse of two months, the Bohemian affair must be completely finished and forgotten, the amorous cavalier arrived on a prancing horse at the door of the Gondelaurier mansion.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
When the two sisters married, on the same day, they received their portion from their brother, not as a thing rightfully belonging to them, but as a dowry for which they thanked him.
Gaston Leroux -- The Phantom of the Opera
Why, she wanted to know, could I not return half of Antoinette’s dowry and leave the island — ’leave the West Indies if you don’t want her no more.’
Jean Rhys -- Wide Sargasso Sea
He had married at the age of twenty-seven, for love, a very charming girl, Miss Catherine Harrington, of New York, who, in addition to her charms, had brought him a solid dowry.
Henry James -- Washington Square
And he smiled, and said it did not appear to trouble the young men, as the girls saved up their wages for their dowries, and a dowry was always acceptable.