Young men in New Comedy frequently fall in love and enter into relationships with young women which are essentially unstable and cannot lead to marriage for reasons of social status, because the women are either foreigners, slaves, prostitutes or poor. In the present chapter we will consider relationships with poor young women who are under the authority of their mothers or other female guardians, and in the next two chapters we will turn to affairs with women who are owned or were formerly owned by slavers dealing in prostitutes (pornoboskoi/lenones), and affairs with independent women (hetairai/meretrices).