As you might expect, there were many rules regarding courtship during the Victorian era.
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. Hill, there were four items she could accept from a gentleman while still maintaining propriety.
Here are three.
What do you think was the fourth item she could accept as a gift?
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Leave your guess in a comment. To make this more fun, use only your current knowledge rather than performing a search on Google or making a dash for your reference books.
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Have fun guessing!
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Update and Answer
I enjoyed reading the answers. What a clever and creative bunch you are! I wouldn’t have come up with half of the ideas you did. My properly gloved hands are applauding you.
In spite of the challenging question I posed, there were some great guesses. The person who came closest is Cindy, who suggested a musical instrument.
While a musical instrument itself would have been deemed too expensive a gift, a prospective suitor enamored with a Victorian lady could, according to Dr. Hill, give her sheet music. Since many women of the day were taught to play an instrument, this gift could have served to show a lady that a gentleman admired her talent and that he had taken the time to discover her tastes in music and/or who her favorite composer was.