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    come to the house

    When I read a novel (Patricia Wentworth's Gray Mask in 1929), there is an expression as below;

    <It all happenedin Edinburgh. I only knewEdward Standing very slightlymyself. He didn’t come to the house, you understand. OldArchie Brandon wouldn’thave had him—he was just abank clerk.>



    The lady in the novel was very much afraid of her uncle, who is a kind of guardian.
    So, the couple finally married by declaration without consent from the lady's family.

    My question is that the expression 'come to the house' is 'asking for a lady's hand ' with a formal visit to the lady's house. But I can't find any idiom to this effect in any dictionary.
    Is it a kind of informal idiom or am I wrong?



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    Re: come to the house

    I don't think it refers to courtship, it just means that Standing didn't visit the Brandon's house, because he was of a different social class. He wouldn't have been welcome to visit, attend parties, etc., since he was deemed unworthy, being "only a banker".

    In other words, she didn't know him because she never got to meet him at social events, since he wouldn't have been allowed to attend the same social events her family did.
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    Re: come to the house

    Thank you. You are right.

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