Step two: watch in horror as your mother ties you up from feet to waist in a heavy sack.Step three: get into your parents’ bed fully clothed next to your date under the watchful eyes of your parents, who place a thick wooden board between you and tuck you in for the night. Bebop music plays as French-movie versions of you and your girlfriend walk down the streets of Paris.
William Bingly in his travelogue described how the “lover steals, under the shadow of the night, to the bed of the fair one, into which (retaining an essential part of his dress) he is admitted without any shyness or reserve.” In the heyday of bundling, ideas surrounding marriage and bedrooms were far removed from the privacy we currently hold dear.
When your parents are away in Las Vegas, and Olivia Martinez calls and starts telling you her sexual fantasies, save what you’ve written, turn off the computer, and invite her over.
Of course, this is first and foremost the place to discuss class warfare.
This unusual courtship ritual had a standard format.
Step one: invite your date home to meet your parents.