Visiting one's acquitances ?
Written by Mandy N
(8/20/2013 10:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Interesting!, penned by RobinJ
I think visiting one's friends and acquitance locally, was an occasion when a young, unmarried woman could be mobile in society without chaperone.
In Bath, Anne Elliot walked alone from Camden Place to visit her old schoolfriend Mrs Smith, at the Edgar Buildings.
If I recall correctly, Miss Steele and Lucy Steele travel by themselves by coach to the Middletons at Barton Park. (S&S)
Catherine Morland also went by herself to the Tilneys lodgings in Milson Street to call upon Miss Tilney to apologize for breaking her engagement to walk with Miss Tilney and her brother.
Miss Tilney is hostess to Catherine at the Tilneys' home of NA, sort of an informal chaperone, but they do not attend any dances or balls.
We also know when General Tilney found out Miss Morland was not an heiress, he packed her off to send her off from Northanger Abbey by carriage on a long journey home, short of money and without a chaperone or guide of any sort.