Love in the 19th Century

Seriously, Amy. I haven't heard you sound so happy since I stuck you in the 19th century. What happened to all the doom and gloom? Is love in the air?

I'm super excited for Charlotte!

Why? What's happened since Charlotte the maid was banished by the lady and master  of the house? Aren't they still upset because she didn't tell George, the guy who likes her, that she was working for them as a simple maid? 


Oh-em-gee! Oh-em-gee! Like, I looked out my window this morning, right? And who was standing right in front of the house? Can you believe it was George? So, I thought you might wanna know? And it was, like, really, really exciting to see him there?

Okay, so George showed up at the house again. I thought he asked the master of the house the other day where Charlotte was moved to. 

Yeah, he did. And the master of the house must've felt guilty or somethin' because he took me and George in the carriage to the place where Charlotte's been living. That's where we were this afternoon, in town.

Are you kidding me? 

Nope. When we finally got there, the shop keeper let me go upstairs to see her, you know, because guys aren't allowed in her room. And the door was a bit open, so I just stepped inside, and there she was sitting by the window, all sad, like she was in a trance or something. 

When she turned around, she couldn't believe I was standing right there. I swear she blinked like a hundred times like she was trying to wake up.

And then?

That's when I handed her the blue bag. 

Blue bag?

Yeah, I stuffed a dress in it before I left the house. She looked so pretty in it. 

Now I'm getting excited too. And then?

And then she seemed really scared all of a sudden and started to cry. And I kept telling her that  everything was going to be okay from now on. To just come downstairs with me.

And then?


And all the way down all I could hear was the sound of the stairs creaking cause she was so quiet, like she was really nervous. 


But as soon as George saw her, he went over and reached for her right hand and kissed it, just like he was making her feel better. And she still had no idea that he knew she was missing two fingers on her other hand, so she kept it kinda hidden behind her back.

And that's when I started to bawl.

The master of the house just kinda stared at the two of them like there was nothin' else he could do.

In the mid 1800s, when you currently exist, social rules regarding love are generally expected to be upheld, especially in the upper societal classes like the one of the family you live with. Unlike Charlotte, many young women in the middle and upper classes bring with them the attraction of a dowry, as a presumed upcoming marriage is also considered to be one of finances. 

In the Victorian era, once a young woman marries, her property becomes the possession of her husband. Many marriages therefore become more of a business proposition because of this.

As Charlotte has reached the age of 21, elders no longer have a large say in a decision of who she chooses for a partner, although social classes will still have a major impact regarding her acceptance, especially by other women. Shunning is very possible in a situation such as hers. 

A trend happening in the 19th century is the belief in romantic love, however, and love letters are a common thread to couples romantically involved. Many manuals regarding the creation of love letters are available at this time, even displaying examples of how to woo on paper one's intended. Through dreamy narratives and poems, personal feelings are more easily conveyed in the 19th century by the written word, although George seems to be doing just fine.