—“How to Go Courting,” from the September 10, 1881, issue of the Post
Any bachelor wishing to keep “steady company” with a lady must direct his attention to the parents. He should begin by deferentially asking “pa” his opinions on business and politics. If properly respectful, he would be invited into the house to meet “ma.”
Then he should remark to ma that he knew her by her likeness to her sister, Miss Susan Jane (the would-be girlfriend); and when ma explained that she was not Susan Jane’s sister but her maternal parent, he should refuse to believe it until the family had all protested that it was so. Then would he have been asked to “stay to tea,” and his proper way would have been to take very little notice of Sarah Jane and converse continually with ma.
Repeating this course of conduct during several calls, each made with some such motive as to bring ma some flower seed or tickets to the agricultural fair, our young man would soon find that the “old folks” were regarding him with favor, and some Sunday afternoon pa would be mysteriously absent, and ma obliged to call on a sick friend, and Susan Jane and he would have the front parlor to themselves, and matters afterward would go on swimmingly.
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