Being told about another new dating app this weekend I was thinking about how different dating was before our modern communication era. Or even before telephones. Social circles were very much more restricted and if you were farther away than the next village over then getting the know one another happened by written letters via the post.
To sign a light on those by-gone days, I hand-bundled two stories by Anthony Trollope this time, both with the subject of mate selection. Trollope was a postal works inspector and novelist, born in 1815. His notable works are set in the imaginary county of Barsetshire, in addition to works set in Ireland during the potato famine during the 1840-1850′s.
This bundle contains The Parson’s Daughter of Oxney Colne in which a young woman apparently changes her mind after a proposal, and La Mere Bauche which is a much more sobering tale of star-crossed lovers.
Hope you enjoy!
These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
The Parson’s Daughter of Oxney Colne by Anthony Trollope
La Mere Bauche by Anthony Trollope
Have you ever changed your mind after accepting a marriage proposal or is courting by handwritten letter more your style? Let us know in the comment section below.
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