91. If, being not given
in marriage, she herself seeks a husband, she incurs no guilt, nor (does) he whom
92. A maiden who chooses for herself, shall not take with her any
ornaments, given by her father or her mother, or her brothers; if she carries them
away, it will be theft.
93. But he who takes (to wife) a marriageable damsel, shall
not pay any nuptial fee to her father; for the (latter) will lose his dominion over her
in consequence of his preventing (the legitimate result of the appearance of) her
94. A man, aged thirty years, shall marry a maiden of twelve who pleases
him, or a man of twenty-four a girl eight years of age; if (the performance of) his
duties would (otherwise) be impeded, (he must marry) sooner.
95. The husband
receives his wife from the gods, (he does not wed her) according to his own will;
doing what is agreeable to the gods, he must always support her (while she is)
96. To be mothers were women created, and to be fathers men; religious
rites, therefore, are ordained in the Veda to be performed (by the husband)
together with the wife.
97. If, after the nuptial fee has been paid for a maiden, the
giver of the fee dies, she shall be given in marriage to his brother, in case she
98. Even a Sudra ought not to take a nuptial fee, when he gives away
his daughter; for he who takes a fee sell his daughter, covering (the transaction
by another name).
99. Neither ancients nor moderns who were good men have
done such (a deed) that, after promising (a daughter) to one man, they have her to
100. Nor, indeed, have we heard, even in former creations, of such (a
thing as) the covert sale of a daughter for a fixed price, called a nuptial fee.