After marriage, the woman played the role of a dutiful wife and mother.
She was always accompanied by a female chaperone — usually her mother — and had to navigate the brave new world of dating while under supervision. We're told that from 21 to 25 years is a favourable age to wed, because: In the Victorian era, many saw marriage as an economic arrangement from which the families of both the bride and groom — though often the groom — would benefit. At the end of the 18th century, the average age of first marriage was 28 years old for men and 26 years old for women. I hope I have said enough to make you ashamed of your conduct In spite or perhaps because of the value placed on chastity, the Victorians took flirting to a new level of crazy.