Outdated Etiquette Rules That Seem Ridiculous To Us Today

Young Women Could Not Go Alone

For parties, dinners, and theater engagements, single women had to be chaperoned. Usually, their mother, older brother, or another married lady would escort them into the event. If none of these figures were available, the hostess would act as a chaperone to bring the young lady in.

Reading a Story Tissot, James Jacques Joseph, 1878 .
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Etiquette permitted girls to escort themselves to luncheons or afternoon tea, even sitting alone if she wished. But evening events required young ladies to have a chaperone, and married women to enter with their husbands or with a group.