He arrives in good time, fills his card before very long, and can be asked to dance with a plain, neglected wallflower or two without resenting it.
He takes his partner duly to the refreshment-room after each dance, if she wishes to go, and provides her with whatever she wishes.
It would have been improper and if the gentleman wanted to become better acquainted with the lady, he would drop subtle hints to a mutual friend to possibly arrange for the friend to introduce him properly.
Flirting was frowned upon but subtle suggestions that used with a personal accessory, such as a fan or a parasol was acceptable.
This article is going to be primarily concerned with how dating and courtship took place during the Victorian era.