It was possibly the first time a newspaper was ever used for such a purpose.As it happens, Morrison was committed to an asylum for a month.
But to these criteria we have added the romantic sentiment that was so keen in the Romantic age—and that, for so long, was viewed as a force for disorder.
Most of us expect our relationships to contain this romance at the very heart of our erotic life.
The family is a largely fragmented institution today.
And by now, the personal ad industry has grown to play the role the parent once played for all those who hope to participate in the established social order by finding the appropriate person.
Jane Austen perfectly depicted this world where money and position were of primary importance to women whose livelihood depended on a rich, respectable partner, and where men’s social position depended on income, reputation, and spouse.
But where means and respectability did not quite suffice for a deal to be struck, inclination, character compatibility, and attraction mattered, too.But in many places and for a long time, romantic love was not a necessary criterion for conjugal happiness.With the late eighteenth-century cult of sentiment, the dichotomy between hearth and heart—between orderly matrimony and disordered romance—became all the more poignant.This is why an old romantic tragedy like could be recast in the form of sentimental novels considered dangerous to the humoral passions of young girls, or be recycled in modernity by the likes of Stendhal, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.And this is also why the modern newspaper, expressing as it did the growing speed and fragmentation of the age, became an outlet for individual romantic longing.Its role and identity have radically changed since the early days, along with our conception of what unions and marriage are about.