Beeton's Book of Household Management were popular.
Balls and dances were the means by which a young girl was introduced into Society.
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He arrives in good time, fills his card before very long, and can be asked to dance with a plain, neglected wallflower or two without resenting it.
He takes his partner duly to the refreshment-room after each dance, if she wishes to go, and provides her with whatever she wishes.
To gatherings, young women were chaperoned, usually by their mothers or some other married woman, to ensure nothing 'improper' occurred.
Various books dictated proper etiquette; Godey's Lady's Book and Mrs.
Then in 1997 Joshua Harris' book, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye", popularized the concept of courtship to the larger Christian community.