Leah wrote:Companionship was "spur of the moment," I think, because of the viewpoint of the narrator in each of the books, and because Norman wasn't really interested in the "normal day-to-day lives" of regular Goreans. He was very focused on Warriors and crazy adventures.
Probably you are right Leah. However when we consider what we know of Gor, it seems to me, courting doesn't seem like a very common and usual activity.
I agree, if you look at courting from the usual way it's portrayed in media. But courting takes many forms in many different cultures. Whatever happens to form a companionship, if it has any sort of ritualized or widely-accepted form within Gorean culture, it would fall into the concept of "courting." Hell, he might court her family
, or they might court him
. There has to be some mechanism by which families decide to tie their children together for a year or so.