Rules of etiquette for dating
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.
Thus, some or the other kind of supervision was ensured when the couples were meeting.
A woman was never allowed to go out at night with a gentleman. Even if the girl entered the stage of courtship, she could never walk with the gentleman. Women were restrained to ride alone in the closed carriage with a man, expect for a close relative. The girl should not be invited by any gentleman at his place. If engaged, the gentleman could not turn back to see any other girl. Even after an engagement, the couple was not allowed to have sexual behavior. In the relationship, intelligence was not at all required, neither any interest in the politics.
The Victorian period is also regarded as the era of Romanticism.
She was always accompanied by some elderly person and it was necessary for the girl to take her mother’s permission before going out.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.