Step 2 – engagement After the couple had developed mutual affection, the next step to strengthen their relation was marriage. After getting engaged, the couple could get hold hands in public, go for walks alone, and take unchaperoned rides.
The engaged couple was allowed to meet behind closed doors but had to be dutifully separated by nightfall.
That was the only touch, which was accepted between a man and a woman, who was not engaged to him. The next step was to go out for a walk and then lastly by keeping company.
The upper class socialized at social events while the lowers classes socialized at events like Sunday Service or Church suppers.
The dating during the Victorian period was thus very different from what it is today.
Step 3 – marriage In Victorian courtships, marriage was the final stage.
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.
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.