Posted by Marie Bernadette on March 16, 1998 at 23:06:34:
In response to I've also heard..., written by Ann on March 15, 1998 at 16:46:00
I can't quote a source on this, but I thought that a gentleman was never supposed to take a woman's hand to kiss it, he can only do it when she offers it--it's her move.
I can confirm your thoughts on this. I have a book called Our Deportment that states what you describe above. The book is from the 1880's but it was probably the same in during the Regency.
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