Posted by Stolzi on October 24, 1997 at 13:41:19:
In response to Coming Out, written by Lynne on October 10, 1997 at 13:46:06
There is a discussion, with some attempt at definition, in Chapter 5 of Mansfield Park -- the Crawfords wonder whether Fanny Price is "out" or not.
Later, society formalized this with the "debutantes ball" custom, but at this time there seems to have been some confusion.
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