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Re: boring court? (was re: escorting ladies) -Reply

Poster: Scott Silvers/James of Westmorland <ssilvers@liberty.uc.wlu.edu>

> Poster: Temp Receptionist <DC.TEMP@novell.com>
> My lord that is very 20th century thinking...not offering to help someone
> because they "might" be offended? I do realize  that ladies (including me)
> are physically capable of a lot of things including walking in a straight line
> down a court aisle, but that is not the problem...many people, including
> gentlemen dressed for court,are wearing clothing that needs ones full
> attention to maneuver safey in...they have also just been called into
> public view..an experience not fot the faint of heart or easily exciteable.
> court also usually comes late in an already busy day....I am sure that the
> possible catastrophies  could be far more offensive and disruptive to the
> person it happened to  than mustering a  polite "no,thankyou" and a smile
> if offered a superfluous hand.

	This is not what I said.  I said that to force an escort is 
wrong, not that one should not be offered.  There should be someone or 
several someones who are "designated escorts" who are available to escort 
a lady into court if she should be lacking and wanting one.  However, if 
she doesn't want one, the escort should quietly get out of the way.

> >> A lady should have an escrt pre arranged, should she be called into
> >>court (something along the lines of "If I'm ever called into court, would
> >>you escort me in?").  
> Bless your heart precious! from what I have seen most (all?) people 
> called into court fall into 2 catagories...prearranged business I.e. they
> have talked to the herald before hand and arranged to do something or
> the ever popular and wildly in demand" stealth call" (they never see it
> comming). The above suggestion is really well meant..but ...one never
> knows who, short of their segnificant other with whom they travel (IF
> one is fortunate enough to  HAVE one) is actually at an event until the
> end of the day...how does one know the person you prearragned a
> contingency escort with at twelthnight has managed to make it to the
> current  event..and then there is the modesty issue....even in the 20th
> century 

	I've never been to an event where I didn't know anyone and even 
if I had, in the SCA it never takes long to make friends.  This being the 
case, a person could easily arrange to have someone they know escort them 
in, whether they came along or were met at the event.  It doesn't take 
long to turn to the person next to you and say "M'lord would you do me 
the favor of escorting me into court?"  My suggestion is perfectly 
legitimate and feasible.  You don't have to constantly use the same 
person as an escort.

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