Designer Derek McLane elegantly frames the action with imposing walls containing row upon row of gleaming gold sports trophies--an effect that screams establishment, achievement, droit de seigneur
, to the victor the spoils and all that.
In Tbilisi I know of two examples of young women being kidnapped by men who, having forced them to have sex, then invoke a form of droit de seigneur
and approach the parents to formalise a kind of marriage.
But he also added a few exotic embellishments to his droit de seigneur
While early sources note the droit de seigneur
of ranking chiefs and their sons to pluck the maindenheads of ordinary girls, there is no evidence from genealogy, oral tradition or ethnology that sexual relations between ali'i or manaia and ordinary women, or children fathered on them from such unions, elevated the rank, standing or wealth of their family.
Her particular boss sees the typing pool very much as a mediaeval overlord saw the virgins in one of his villages: it was his right, his droit de seigneur
, to bed the bride-to-be before the prospective husband.
But now, thanks to this case we have Saddam Hussein, the bad boy in the playground, jeering and whooping over in Iraq, not to mention the other Arab leaders who are greatly enjoying Clinton's discomfort even though their promiscuity is just as wanton and may even involve exercising a droit de seigneur
over women whose refusal to co-operate would be seen as treason.
The sheer power of television means that its practitioners have become the new aristocracy, and I shudder whenever I see that patronage being abused, in a latter-day version of the old droit de seigneur