Puritan dating rituals
The protection that the boundries of courtship offer are a safe haven to any moral upright person.
A good book to read on the subject would be "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" and "Boy Meets Girl" both by Joshua Harriss.
The rings frequently had inscriptions with sayings, such as: "Death Parts United Hearts" or "Death conquers all" and "Prepare for Death." Because of the expense, the mourning rings were more common at the colonial funerals of the wealthy.
The minister Andrew Eliot, in addition to collecting gloves, also had a massive ring collection, which he stored in a tankard.
In a courtship you understand that there is a purpose.
Early New Englanders used colonial funerals as a great excuse to tie one on.
Lucius Manlius Sargent, in his collection , noted the custom of early funerals was for guests to view the body and then proceed to a nearby table – always provided.
They could then choose liquor from a well-stocked bar.
Once he has stated his intentions and feelings for her to them and they approve, at the right time he can approach her about it, noting that He has the intention to see if they have the possibily of commiting to each other on higher level of commitment.
The entire relationship is based on THAT direction, guided by trusted friends and family.