Rules when dating
After marriage, the woman played the role of a dutiful wife and mother.
Hill, there were four items she could accept from a gentleman while still maintaining propriety.
“Gentlemen do not care for the pretty trifles and decorations that delight ladies; and as for real necessities, they are apt to go and buy anything that is a convenience just as soon as it is discovered.” However, as a general rule, smoking caps, sleeping caps, and house slippers were popular gifts for gentlemen relations, as were handkerchiefs and tobacco pouches.
Several books were published explaining the rules of etiquette to both genders.
As you might expect, there were many rules regarding courtship during the Victorian era.
A lady who maintained the rigid strictures of Victorian society wasn’t allowed to accept lavish or expensive gifts at the hands of a gentleman not related or engaged to her.
During the date couples like Lauren and Sam (pictured) have to share a bed and answer questions such as 'have you ever had your heartbroken'The reasons for going cold after a date range from the banal to the bizarre, with one respondent admitting that they couldn’t stop staring at a date’s mole, and another saying simply, ‘They punched my cat.’The singletons in search of their soulmate then spend 30 minutes together facing a supersized screen which poses probing questions such as 'have you ever had your heart broken?