"no waltz" rules & physical contact in general?
Posted by Misty Ann Khan on September 05, 1998 at 13:30:50:
In response to dancing and couples, written by P. Bingham on September 04, 1998 at 18:47:00
I was just curious about the "no waltz" rules you mentioned in your note. I was under the impression that most of the dancing in Jane's day was like modern square dancing. There is a reference in the Greer Garson version of P&P to waltzing being very modern by Caroline Bingly but, I thought that was just the fancy of the movie makers of that era. Did they really waltz in that period? I've also often wondered how much contact was acceptable for a gentleman and a lady of the period. Was it acceptable for couples who were engaged to kiss? Also, I'm a bit confused by the whole walking arm and arm thing. When a gentleman and lady went for a walk together, was it acceptable for the lady to take the gentleman's arm (engaged or not)? It seems to me that when I was reading P&P, the Bingley sisters were walking arm and arm with Darcy when Jane was sice at Netherfield and yet in the BBC version of P&P, they make a big production of Darcy offering his arm to Elizabeth after she finally accepts his proposal of marriage. I'd be very interested to hear any insight any of you can offer.
- Look in the Archives! Caroline 15:38:34 9/05/98 (1)
- Thanks - Archives? Misty Ann Khan 17:05:15 9/06/98 (0)
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