An interested gentleman could not simply walk up to a young lady and begin a conversation.
Even after being introduced, it was still some time before it was considered appropriate for a man to speak to a lady or for a couple to be seen together.
“Younger people are more likely to have grown up in the UK and exposed to other ethnic groups and to respond to observed changes in society, in terms of increasing diversity.” The contrast between white people and other communities echoes the findings of the Social Integration Commission, a study published earlier this week, which showed that white people are the least integrated with other groups in their social lives.
For example, in the British Bangladeshi community, those who are cohabiting are seven times more likely to be with someone from another background as those who are married.
It suggests that cultural barriers still make it more difficult for those in inter-ethnic relationships to formalise their status by marriage.
If the courting progressed, the couple might advance to the front porch.
Smitten couples rarely saw each other without the presence of a chaperone, and marriage proposals were frequently written.
However, a number of historians have pointed out that this supposed leap year proposal statute never occurred, and instead gained its legs as a romantic notion spread in the press.