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51. Error as an Impediment to Marriage

1. An error concerned with the persons or the particularsof a marriage is a lack of knowledge in one or both of the partiesto the contract, and therefore it is a hindrance to consent; forconsent is a knowing acceptance of a situation; one cannotenter upon a free agreement without sufficient knowledge.

2. Yet an error which can render a marriage void must bean error in essentials. If a man marries the wrong twin,being assured deceivingly that it is the right one, there is nomarriage. But if a man marries a woman who has falsely informed himabout her age, or fortune, or nationality, the marriage stands.

"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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"It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come."
Thomas á Kempis

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