Victorian era dating

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A single woman never addressed a gentleman without an introduction. A gentleman could offer his hand over rough spots, the only contact he was allowed with a woman who was not his fiance.Proper women never rode alone in a closed carriage with a man who wasn't a relative.

She couldn't receive a man at home if she was alone.He arrives in good time, fills his card before very long, and can be asked to dance with a plain, neglected wallflower or two without resenting it.He takes his partner duly to the refreshment-room after each dance, if she wishes to go, and provides her with whatever she wishes.She was expected to stay close to her chaperone until someone asked her to dance and was quickly returned to the chaperone after each dance.To dance more than three times with the same partner was considered forward and improper.'The delight of the average hostess's heart is the well-bred man, unspoiled by conceit, who can always be depended upon to do his duty.Shall never ask a lady to dance if he has his coat removed.

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