Okay. The lady of the house talked to me yesterday and said that the guy, you know, the George guy, is a landowner, like it's some crazy amazing thing. Then she said that it would be in my best interest to meet with him again, with a chaperone, before his interest "wanes", whatever that means.
Now I send George a letter. The lady of the house said that George's servant will be here to pick it up sometime tomorrow. I've already written it:
Please excuse my handwriting, but this pen and inkwell is insanely hard to use. Thank you for your offer of another meeting. I look forward to seeing you again, along with my chaperone, who I'm sure you'll like because she's unbelievably great to be around, and it's ridiculous how pretty she is.
Not at all funny, Amy.
Not at all.
Courtships in the mid-1800s are often quite short, and the way forward in a relationship normally cumulates with a marriage proposal. And as you are aware by now, unequal marriages between different social classes are basically off-limits.
Once a gentleman has found a young woman he is interested in courting, there are character requisites he must present. These include treating a lady with the utmost respect, be not too shy or too loud, avoid being rude, be clean in clothes and person, be positive in manner, and never force himself upon a lady.
Once the young woman's parents are convinced the gentleman in question is strictly an upstanding gentleman, private time for the couple will be allowed.