I cannot say for certain...
Posted by P. Bingham on February 25, 1998 at 17:23:42:
In response to Presents & Posies, written by Marie Bernadette on February 25, 1998 at 14:42:48
I would think that flowers are a gift and so could not be given to a young lady unless intentions are clear. But I cannot say for certain because, truthfully, I don't recall reading anything other than "gifts." If this is the case, and flowers are considered gifts, then a gentleman probably would not give a lady flowers, unless she was a cousin, an aunt, etc. But where that fine line is for "officially engaged," I not sure either. I don't think the couple would have to be officially engaged, just thinking about it is enough, but then I'm useless there as well! Also; there are many things that ettiquette books might mention is taboo, but chances are, you wouldn't cut your hair off if you were caught doing one of them. Silly rules were meant to be broken. But then again, perhaps to Jane Austen, these rules were not silly. Waiting & hoping for someone else to answer this question!
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