Early dating ideas
Reputation was also an essential form of social currency that required intimate guarding.
A woman suspected of dabbling with too many suitors was in danger of becoming publicly regarded as a “coquette,” which essentially socially branded her as a flirt, a disparaging designation in a society that so highly esteemed chastity.
But despite this move towards emotionally based relationships, the compatibility of matches was still strongly emphasized.
No longer was quantity emphasized, but rather the stress fell on finding a loyal partner.A marriage built solely on the forces of emotion and mutual affection was scorned and perceived as irresponsible.