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How to marry a prince!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Some of you may remember that guy from Hungary who advertised for a wife and I said, no way am I buying this man is for real. Well, here's another of his ilk:

French nobleman, with celebrated name, high situation and means, wants to marry a rich American heiress.  Address Z.Z. Lawee, Herald office.

Really?  Really?  I'm supposed to believe that a French nobleman, a famous French nobleman no less, with lots of money, can't find a wife anywhere else than by advertising in a newspaper?  Pu-lease!  I can see this scam from 150 years away.  Some con man wants to marry a rich girl, posts this ad in the hopes that some silly, romantic teenager will respond in the hopes of marrying a French prince.  And then he will pretend to be this debonair, romantic European, and then he will steal all her money.  But she would kind of deserve her fate, not only for the obvious reason (that this is so clearly fake) but because the number of people who could claim to be part of the nobility at this time was really small because of that little thing, called, you know, the French Revolution.  No I recently discovered from reading Wikipedia, there did remain a small French nobility throughout the nineteenth century, but it was literally in the low, low thousands.  So the odds that one of them has to go hunting for a wife this way seems tiny, to say the least.

Now I can imagine one scenario in which such a circumstance might, possibly, maybe be "legit," which is that Monsieur Lawee could be titled for real, but out of money, and hopes to trade his name for her money.  After all, marrying nobility would be a coup for an American - so there's a nice little upside for each of them.  She gets to be a duchess or whatever, and he gets to having a living.  He says he has means, though - and frankly that idea is so unlikely that I can't really believe it.

But on the other hand, watch this!!!

Having trouble reading the ads? Click one to enlarge!

©2010 Pam Epstein


Anonymous December 3, 2010 at 1:59 AM  

On top of all else you noted, it seemed odd to me that he would spell his name Lawee. I'm sure it could be argued that it's a misspelling thanks to the newspaper, however, it doesn't appear to be a French name.

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