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2nd Feb '16 2:21:37 PM Eievie
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Nobody likes {{Arranged Marriage}}s, except for the [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage occasional lucky couple]]. Fewer still relish the thought of ''consummating'' the marriage, especially to a groom you hardly know, or worse, hate, except that society ''expects'' you to do it. The servants are sure to gossip if they don't see the [[VirginityTropes "blood on the sheets"]] the next morning, too. There's just one problem - you've already done the nasty with someone else, but they ''need to see that blood''.
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Nobody likes {{Arranged Marriage}}s, except for the [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage occasional lucky couple]]. Fewer still relish the thought of ''consummating'' the marriage, especially to a groom you hardly know, or worse, hate, except that society ''expects'' you to do it. The servants are sure to gossip if they don't see the [[VirginityTropes "blood on the sheets"]] the next morning, too. There's just one problem - -- you've already done the nasty with someone else, but they ''need to see that blood''.

* Used as a PetTheDog moment for the antiheroic male lead in a romance novel whose title I've forgotten. He and the female lead had "consummated" some time before and had been forced to marry, but their premarital funtimes aren't public knowledge. Believing that the forced marriage was her plan all along, he is angry enough to refuse to have sex with her on the wedding night. Waking up to find her approaching the bed with a knife, he tackles her, only to have her explain that she was planning this trope. He takes the knife and - after a moment of fear on her part that he will allow her to be shamed - cuts himself instead, musing that he left so much blood on the sheets that the servants will pity her for having to deal with his brutality.
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* Used as a PetTheDog moment for the antiheroic male lead in a romance novel whose title I've forgotten. He and the female lead had "consummated" some time before and had been forced to marry, but their premarital funtimes aren't public knowledge. Believing that the forced marriage was her plan all along, he is angry enough to refuse to have sex with her on the wedding night. Waking up to find her approaching the bed with a knife, he tackles her, only to have her explain that she was planning this trope. He takes the knife and - -- after a moment of fear on her part that he will allow her to be shamed - -- cuts himself instead, musing that he left so much blood on the sheets that the servants will pity her for having to deal with his brutality.
14th Dec '15 6:55:24 AM silverbolt1
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* Brazilian soap opera author Glória Perez is fond of this trope, when writing about ArrangedMarriage in conservative cultures, as in the soaps ''Explode Coração'' and ''O Clone''. In these occasions, the men were aware that their recpective wives weren't virgin, then they cut themselves and bled in the bedsheet.
31st Oct '15 6:17:26 PM MadCat221
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Nobody likes {{Arranged Marriage}}s, except for the [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage occasional lucky bastard]]. Fewer still relish the thought of ''consummating'' the marriage, especially to a groom you hardly know, or worse, hate, except that society ''expects'' you to do it. The servants are sure to gossip if they don't see the [[VirginityTropes "blood on the sheets"]] the next morning, too. There's just one problem - you've already done the nasty with someone else, but they ''need to see that blood''.
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Nobody likes {{Arranged Marriage}}s, except for the [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage occasional lucky bastard]].couple]]. Fewer still relish the thought of ''consummating'' the marriage, especially to a groom you hardly know, or worse, hate, except that society ''expects'' you to do it. The servants are sure to gossip if they don't see the [[VirginityTropes "blood on the sheets"]] the next morning, too. There's just one problem - you've already done the nasty with someone else, but they ''need to see that blood''.
16th Jul '15 2:25:59 AM Synchronicity
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The most common way is faking the "blood on the sheets" by using animal blood - your husband will be delighted, thinking that you did the do. This is common among noble women who don't go to their marriage bed virgins, especially in societies that value ladies' maidenheads. Of course, false "evidence" may be required even if the wife ''was'' a virgin, as the majority of women do not actually bleed after their first time having intercourse. [[YouFailSexEdForever Try telling the writers that, though.]] A variation is to not actually consummate the marriage at all - render your husband incapable of consummating, then fake the blood and let everyone believe you did it. Yet another is to have your husband in on it - neither of you want to do it, so both of you are in the deception.
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The most common way is faking the "blood on the sheets" by using animal their own blood - your or that of an animal's -- the husband will be delighted, thinking that you did think the do.marriage was sufficiently consummated. This is common among noble women who don't go to their marriage bed virgins, especially in societies that value ladies' maidenheads. Of course, false "evidence" may be required even if the wife ''was'' a virgin, as the majority of women do not actually bleed after their first time having intercourse. [[YouFailSexEdForever Try telling the writers that, though.]] A variation is to not actually consummate the marriage at all - render your husband incapable of consummating, then fake the blood and let everyone believe you did it. Yet another is to have your husband in on it - neither of you want to do it, so both of you are in which is often the deception.case for more sympathetic grooms.
16th Jul '15 2:23:17 AM Synchronicity
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* Philippa Gregory has used this trope a couple of times. In ''The Constant Princess'', Catherine of Aragon cuts her foot to stain the sheets in order to fool Henry VIII into thinking she was a virgin on their wedding night and had not consummated her marriage to Prince Arthur. The trope gets used again in ''The White Princess'' between Elizabeth of York and Henry Tudor, with Henry cutting her foot. In this instance, it's because not only had Henry and Elizabeth had slept together prior to their marriage, but Elizabeth had previously slept with Richard III too.
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* Philippa Gregory Creator/PhilippaGregory has used this trope a couple of times. times. ** In ''The Constant Princess'', Catherine of Aragon cuts her foot to stain the sheets in order to fool Henry VIII into thinking she was a virgin on their wedding night and had not consummated her marriage to Prince Arthur. Arthur. ** The trope gets used again in ''Literature/TheCousinsWar'' series. In ''The White Princess'' between Henry Tudor cuts Elizabeth of York and Henry Tudor, with Henry cutting her foot.York's foot in order to fake it. In this instance, it's because not only had Henry and Elizabeth had slept together prior to their marriage, but Elizabeth had previously slept with Richard III too.
15th Jul '15 6:27:57 PM roxana
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* In Elizabeth Chadwick's ''The Greatest Knight'' William Marshal, the knight of the title, has just been rewarded for years of good service with the hand of a rich royal ward. The girl is frightened and William is nursing a wounded leg so he suggests a rain check on the consummation and supplies the necessary blood himself with a prick of his dagger commenting that the better the lover the less the blood. As it turns out he could have saved himself the trouble as her period starts in the night giving them the perfect excuse to put of the consummation till they get to know each other a little better.
22nd Feb '15 9:21:49 AM Gowan
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* In romance novels with ArrangedMarriage, a gentleman will use his own blood to do the faking.

* In some places that still place a high value on a woman's virginity at marriage, there exist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginity_restoration_surgery a few surgical procedures]] (though they might be illegal, in order to prevent this trope.) One such procedure involves creating an artificial hymen (that has no actual blood supply, but contains a packet of fake blood.)
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* In some places that still place a high value on a woman's virginity at marriage, there exist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginity_restoration_surgery a few surgical procedures]] (though they might be illegal, in order to prevent this trope.) One such procedure involves creating an artificial hymen (that has no actual blood supply, but contains a packet of fake blood.))
3rd Feb '15 2:07:44 AM NhazUl
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* Bulgarian writer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolay_Haytov Nikolay Haytov]]'s story [[http://groznijat.tripod.com/litera/n_hajtov5.html The Seed of the Dervishovs]] has the trope [[InvertedTrope inverted]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. In a mountainous village, an ArrangedMarriage happens between a boy and a girl. [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage They fall for each other]], but [[TwiceShy both are shy]] and he doesn't want to [[MaritalRapeLicense force himself]] on her. They fake the consummation in order for the village to leave them alone and let them stay together. It works, however when a brutish neighbor notices that the girl isn't getting pregnant for a long time, he deduces she's still a virgin. He bribes his brothers into kidnapping her and [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty forcefully marries her]], [[MaritalRapeLicense making]] [[IHaveYourWife everyone's]] [[IWantGrandkids life]] miserable.
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* Bulgarian writer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolay_Haytov Nikolay Haytov]]'s story [[http://groznijat.tripod.com/litera/n_hajtov5.html The Seed of the Dervishovs]] has the trope [[InvertedTrope inverted]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. In a mountainous village, an ArrangedMarriage happens between a boy and a girl. [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage They fall for each other]], but [[TwiceShy both are shy]] and he doesn't want to [[MaritalRapeLicense force himself]] on her. They fake the consummation in order for the village to leave them alone and let them stay together. It works, however when a brutish neighbor notices that the girl isn't getting pregnant for a long time, he deduces she's still a virgin. He bribes his her brothers into kidnapping her and [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty forcefully marries her]], [[MaritalRapeLicense making]] [[IHaveYourWife everyone's]] [[IWantGrandkids life]] miserable.miserable.
3rd Feb '15 2:06:27 AM NhazUl
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* Bulgarian writer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolay_Haytov Nikolay Haytov]]'s story [[http://groznijat.tripod.com/litera/n_hajtov5.html The Seed of the Dervishovs]] has the trope [[InvertedTrope inverted]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. In a mountainous village, an ArrangedMarriage happens between a boy and a girl. [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage They fall for each other]], but [[TwiceShy both are shy]] and he doesn't want to [[MaritalRapeLicense force himself]] on her. They fake the consummation in order for the village to leave them alone and let them stay together. It works, however when a brutish neighbor notices that the girl isn't getting pregnant for a long time, he deduces she's still a virgin. He bribes his brothers into kidnapping her and [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty forcefully marries her]], [[MaritalRapeLicense making]] [[IHaveYourWife everyone's]] [[IWantGrandkids life]] miserable.
26th Dec '14 5:31:15 PM MsChibi
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* In some places that still place a high value on a woman's virginity at marriage, there exist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginity_restoration_surgery a few surgical procedures]] (though they might be illegal, in order to prevent this trope.) One such procedure involves creating an artificial hymen (that has no actual blood supply, but contains a packet of fake blood.)
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* In some places that still place a high value on a woman's virginity at marriage, there exist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginity_restoration_surgery a few surgical procedures]] (though they might be illegal, in order to prevent this trope.) One such procedure involves creating an artificial hymen (that has no actual blood supply, but contains a packet of fake blood.) ) * It should be noted that many women actually ''don't'' bleed the first time they experience penetrative sex. In fact, blood on the sheets is a sign that there was not enough lubrication and/or that things got a little too rough, whether the woman was a virgin or not. [[http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/women-suffer-myths-hymen-and-virginity-test There is no way to reliably tell whether a woman is a virgin or not.]]
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