This week the Jane Austen News came across a lovely article published on Bustle. The article is a call to take a leaf out of the dating playbook (as it were) which was used in Jane Austen’s era. It details some of the old-fashioned ways in which couples used to court one another and grow closer as a partnership.
These were our favourites:
- Take a long romantic walk together
“Taking a long romantic walk was all the rage back in Jane Austen’s heyday, and it’s an underrated way to strengthen a bond with someone”
- Go out dancing
In whatever style you like best!
- Eat dinner together
It doesn’t have to be a candlelit meal with five courses. Just spending time together in a shared activity is the important thing.
- Writing love letters
“Texts and emails are fine, too. But throwing in the occasional hand-written note is something that can be a great way to express how you really feel about someone.”
- Create weekly rituals
“If you don’t already have them, it may be time to create a few daily or weekly rituals that are all your own, just like couples did before life got so busy.”
- Bond over a board game
Or a game of bridge with your neighbours. Or perhaps a game of badminton a la Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram.
We thought they sounded marvellous, and we’ll definitely be doing our best to remember to take a few more romantic strolls and write more love letters. Sometimes the old ones and the best ones.