That is perfectly natural, and quite harmless, if the liking does not become a passion and lead one to do foolish or unmaidenly things.
Better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands," said Mrs.
How mean, how unmaidenly
, how unsisterly the thought
Mary Ellen will not only defy her brother's command that she return to the city with him but will also engage in the most unmaidenly
plan to run off with a married man, Peter Hale.
Callisto was at the same time flattered and perplexed; still more disconcerted when the pseudo-Diana interrupted her girlish chatter with unmaidenly
kisses and embraces.
So that switches the emphasis from chivalric behavior, what's expected of a knight or a hero or a good detective, to the issue of Carmen's promiscuity--her unmaidenly
behavior--from male honor to female dishonor.