Evening Post, Rōrahi XLIV, Putanga 2, 2 Hōngongoi 1892, Page 1
Some funny stories are told about the marriage service. One of them relates how an old man, brought rather unwillingly to the altar, could not be induced to repeat the responses. "My good man," at length exclaimed the clergyman, " I really cannot marry you unless you do as you are told." But the man still remained silent. At this unexpected hitch the bride lost all patience with her future spouse, and burst out with, "Go on, you old toot. Say it after him just the came as if you was mockin' him." The same difficulty occurred in another case. The clergyman, after explaining what was necessary, and going over the responses several times without the
smallest effect, stopped in dismay, whereupon the bridegroom encouraged him with, " Go ahead, pars'n, go ahead. Thou'rt doing bravely." Upon another occasion it waß, strangely enough, the woman who could not be prevailed upon to speak. When the clergyman remonstrated with her she indignantly replied, "Your father married me twice befoor, and he wasn't axin' me any of them impertent questions at all."