|Actually that puzzled me, too...
Written by KerstinM
(10/23/2003 11:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Were there any consequences for the ex-suitor?, penned by Mandy N
] Surely many a father or brother felt obliged to duel an unwilling suitor for the honour of their kinswoman and family? Also, I seem to recall some Breach of Contract Act that enabled an engaged woman (or her father) to sue a man who refused to marry her. Perhaps this legislation was introduced later.
and I have my doubts that this is historically correct. You could sue a man for breach of promise in the Victorian era and the man's reputation as a gentleman was in shreds if he broke of the engagement without due cause whereas the lady could break the engagement of far easier. Was that really that different in the Georgian era?
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