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So why would a successful, widowed bachelor like the play’s protagonist, Horace Vandergelder, seek out a matchmaker to find him a new bride?
Looking back at the evolution of courting customs in America over the last two centuries sheds light on the factors that would have influenced Vandergelder’s search.
, aspiring young artist Ambrose Kemper states his intention to marry Vandergelder’s niece, Ermengarde, during a formal visit reminiscent of traditional “calling.” Vandergelder dismisses him, saying, “Ermengarde is not for you, nor for anybody else who can’t support her.” And while Ermengarde has already consented to marry Ambrose, without securing Vandergelder’s permission, the couple must explore other deceptive options in order to remain together.
The Rise of Dating in America (1920-1939) As young Americans left small towns in droves for job opportunities in sprawling urban cities, traditional parlor visits under a family’s watchful eye disappeared.
Dating’s social dominance provided plenty of new opportunities for marriage brokers and matchmakers.
Once they had been formally introduced, if the gentleman wished to escort the lady home he would present his card to her.
At the end of the evening, the lady would look over her options and choose who would be her escort.
Luckily for the audience, there’s plenty of mischief, humor and misdirection as Dolly works to make her plan a reality.
What was courtship and marriage like for our distant ancestors?