1800s tradition of dating

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A man courted a woman by putting her wants and desires first.

The emphasis was on passion and romance; we still talk about a man being chivalrous when he holds open a door for a woman or helps her into a car (or onto a horse).

He could amass great wealth simply by choosing well, as his wife’s property transferred to him once they married.Servants falling in love while working at the same great house was typically not allowed.They would have to leave service (sometimes both of them, sometimes only the woman) and often without character references that would help them get another job.These American heiresses (Winston Churchill’s mother was one) had great fortunes from their fathers, and such marriages kept many English estates going.A fictional example of this can be seen on the television show: Lord Grantham marries Cora, a rich American heiress, to preserve his estate.

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