BUNDLING


by Henry Reed Stiles
BUNDLING "A man and a woman lying on the same bed with their clothes on; an expedient practiced in America on a scarcity of beds, where, on such occasions, husbands and parents frequently permitted travellers to _bundle_ with their wives and daughters."--_Grose, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue_.

BUNDLE _v.i._ "To sleep on the same bed without undressing; applied to the custom of a man and woman, especially lovers, thus sleeping."--_Webster, 1864_.

BUNDLE _v.n._ "To sleep together with the clothes on."--_Worcester, 1864_.

     
*Origins*

IN SWITZERLAND


      According to an English observer,[18] analogous modes of courtship still exist. In speaking of the canton _Unterwald_ he says: "In the story of the destruction of the castles, we read that the surprise was effected by a young girl admitting her lover to her room by a ladder, and an English guide-book remarks, that this is still the fashion of receiving lovers in Switzerland. Reference is had to the manner of wooing, which in some cantons is called _lichtgetren_, in others _dorfen_ and _stubetegetren_, and answers to the old-fashioned _going-a-courting_ in England. The customs connected with it vary in different cantons, but exist in some form in all except two or three.
      In the canon _Lucerne_, the _kiltgang_ is the universal mode of wooing; the lover visiting his betrothed in the evening, to be pelted on the way by all mischievous urchins; or if he is seated quietly with her by the winter fire, they are sure to be serenaded by all manner of _cat voices_ under the window, which are continued till he issues forth, perhaps at dawn in the morning; and however long may be a courtship, these _cater-waulings_ are the invariable attendants, and not the most lamentable consequences of these nightly visits, recognized, however, as entirely respectable and conventional in every canton."
      And again in the canton _Vaud_, he says, "the _kiltgang_, or nightly wooings, are the universal custom with the universal consequences, but in general the wife is treated with marked respect, is made keeper of the treasury, and consulted as the oracle of the family."



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