This chapter concludes the book by outlining the nature and purpose of the language of love, which is presented as a supremely adaptable lexicon with a vital function in facilitating intellectual exchange, determining a couple’s compatibility, shaping their emotions, and helping to make sense of their budding relationship. It demonstrates how courting practices actively cultivated particular feelings, and sets out the wider significance of these findings for histories of courtship, emotions, and material culture. The chapter closes by charting the continuing modernization and commercialization of romantic customs over the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, arguing that the language used by couples to navigate relationships today is no less culturally and historically specific.
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