Chapter: English Literature in the Sixteenth Century
So, as it turns out, More - among other things - was incredibly shallow, sexually repressed, and disdainful of marriage. Seriously, here's how things are done in Utopia: it's against the law to have sex before marriage. Period. As such, people are required to marry in order to do the naughty. More notes in his book that this is the only way people could be convinced to marry, since no one would enter into a marriage otherwise. Apparently, the concept of "love" never actually occured to our humble author. Furthermore, before marriage (and therefore, before boning), the man and the woman are paraded around in front of each other naked, like models on display. This is to ensure that each party knows precisely what they're getting into; it would be unthinkable for a couple to get married, only to discover some kind of... imperfection... that's usually hidden by clothes. More compares this process to buying a horse, in that when one is buying a horse, you're always supposed to see it completely nude and without a saddle, so you can check for any previously hidden deformities.
In any event, I can come to only one conclusion based upon the above evidence: Thomas More was a robot.
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