United states dating customs

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During the Victorian Era (1837-1901), romantic love became viewed as the primary requirement for marriage and courting became even more formal — almost an art form among the upper classes.An interested gentleman could not simply walk up to a young lady and begin a conversation.Frequently the tribe from which a warrior stole a bride would come looking for her, and it was necessary for the warrior and his new wife to go into hiding to avoid being discovered.According to an old French custom, as the moon went through all its phases the couple drank a brew called metheglin, which was made from honey. Arranged marriages were the norm, primarily business relationships born out of the desire and/or need for property, monetary or political alliances.In the United States, business relationships are formed between companies rather than between people.Americans do business where they get the best deal and the best service.

Originally based on material contained in the "Put Your Best Foot Forward" series of books by Mary Murray Bosrock.

Thus, culture affects the way people date, suggesting various kinds of dates from heavily supervised meetings to evenings spent at the movies.

Dating is seen as both a complex and simple matter, the difference between the Western world and other civilizations making it very intriguing as some dating rituals are extremely liberal, some are less free of constraints, while others are cut down to old fashioned gatherings, or are even illegal.

At the end of the evening, the lady would look over her options and choose who would be her escort.

She would notify the lucky gentleman by giving him her own card requesting that he escort her home.

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