Victorian Americans had a rather peculiar expectation about what marriage should (or perhaps, could) be. To the writer of this vintage newspaper article, Courtship was indeed "a glimpse into Paradise, where all is sunshine and love." The same writer, tongue-in-cheek, teases the young and foolishly in love.
This article so aptly fits with my current WIP (work in progress): The Silver-Strike Bride. I'm having a bit too much fun showing Caroline and Tom (newlyweds) that their glimpse into paradise was a bit of a lie. Their new marriage is in trouble, and neither quite knows how to correct matters.
Vintage Newspaper Article
Courting Couples Play Games
|Quote from Vintage Newspaper Article, 1891.|
Isn't it fun to catch a glimpse of Victorian-American life through their newspapers?
What thoughts do you have as you read this vintage article?
Have you seen behaviors such as those illustrated in this 1891 article in today's dating couples? Have you read historical romances with similar experiences with courtship and proposals of marriage?
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