A list of family names reads as wonderful as: Leonard, Matilda, Reginald and Millicent Goodday. And said "Leonard" is a Gentleman by occupation. At only 30. Nice catch Matilda!
A single woman's occupation at 36 is "Spinster" and at 24 is "Maid".
Yet a single male at 32 can have his occupation listed as Traveller. Hmmm.
Then things got a little more complicated.
A single, 24 year old male = Gentleman?
A single, 23 year old female = Spinster?
At least I can understand a married, 40 year old, woman being a Lady.
I guess I don't understand the pattern after all.
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