In Funny in Farsi, what is a suitor?

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A suitor, both in Funny in Farsi and in general, is someone who is pursuing a relationship with another individual. A suitor will typically court their prospective mate, generally with the intention to marry the other person.

Historically—until the early–mid twentieth century in the United States and continuing throughout many other countries, notably India—a woman will have several suitors who are courting her, attempting to gain both her favor and the favor of her parents and family in order to secure her hand in marriage. This is a practice that predates the idea of “dating,” where a suitor would spend a significant amount of time getting to know the woman and her family; instead, a suitor is typically expected to marry early on.

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