What do you believe to be the three most important facts about 19th century Norway?
- Women were not supposed to borrow money without their husband’s consent
- Women were not supposed to have a “duty to themselves”
- Very much patriarchal
Why do you think the concept of respectability became more important as the middle class expanded?
Because they had reputations and expectations of how to act and no one wanted to stand out. As the middle class expanded and more people were expected to uphold an image, it was even more obvious if someone didn’t fit in and the consequences of that were greater because there was a larger number of people believing that they had to be a certain way.