Once a young woman was done with her schooling, she would be presented to society to show she was in the market for a husband.
A girl’s "coming out" depended on her parent’s resources.
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.
"The rules and suggestions for courtship and romance occupy most of the space in Victorian etiquette and letter writing books.
Her reign over Great Britain and Ireland set a stricter moral tone for much of European and American society.
Throughout history, men and women have faced the traditional need to find love and fill their homes with the children and wealth that can best be produced by a great marriage.
At the very least the marriage should look great in public.
There are usually flowery forms for written proposals from the suitor as well as a plethora of gushing acceptances from the bride-elect.
Near the end of the section there is generally one curt letter of refusal to a marriage proposal.
By 1890, the British Empire had claimed a quarter of the world through colonization, yet domestic life became increasingly limited, as social expectations were set by the Victorian period’s cultural emphasis on propriety.