Several books were published explaining the rules of etiquette to both genders.Here are names of some of those: Godey’s Lady Book, Mrs. Humphry, The Laws of Etiquette: or, short rules and reflections for conduct in society, by a gentleman, and Manners and Social Usages.The Victorian period is also regarded as the era of Romanticism.
Queen Victoria and her family were the idols of the Victorian society, even in the case of courtship.
The society had laid down some stringent rules for courting and these had to be followed.
However, marriage between two persons was permitted so long the couple intending to marry belonged to the same class.
After marriage, the woman played the role of a dutiful wife and mother.
The men while dating a woman were discreet to never break an engagement as it tarnished the woman’s reputation.
Step 3 – marriage In Victorian courtships, marriage was the final stage.
A lady who maintained the rigid strictures of Victorian society wasn’t allowed to accept lavish or expensive gifts at the hands of a gentleman not related or engaged to her.
According to one etiquette expert of the 1870s – 1890s, Professor Thomas E.
This was called “coming out” and was an indication that a young woman was interested in finding potential suitors.
During Victorian era, a couple which dated would normally get married.
After marriage, the property of the woman was automatically transferred to her husband.