Gifts from men…once upon a time

“I don’t want any money for it,” he said.  “It’s a gift.”

Scarlett’s mouth dropped open.  The line was so closely, so carefully drawn where gifts from men were concerned.

“Candy and flowers, dear,” Ellen had said time and again, “and perhaps a book of poetry or an album or a small bottle of Florida water are the only things a lady may accept from a gentleman.  Never, never any expensive gift, even from your fiancé.  And never any gift of jewellery or wearing apparel, not even gloves or handkerchiefs.  Should you accept such gifts, men would know you were no lady and would try to take liberties.”

Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell


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