Maturity and readiness for marriage are not considerations in the decision to date.
Instead, couples usually date with the selfish goals of having fun and enjoying romantic attachments.
Even after being introduced, it was still some time before it was considered appropriate for a man to speak to a lady or for a couple to be seen together.
Once they had been formally introduced, if the gentleman wished to escort the lady home he would present his card to her.
In contrast, courtship is undertaken only when both parties are prepared to make a commitment to marriage.