American girl: She might suggest to share a plate...
Suitors wooed their intended with seranades and flowery poetry, following the lead of lovelorn characters on stage and in verse. In 1228, it is said by many that women first gained the right to propose marriage in Scotland, a legal right that then slowly spread through Europe.
However, a number of historians have pointed out that this supposed leap year proposal statute never occurred, and instead gained its legs as a romantic notion spread in the press.
Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand) could be considered as a single "Western civilisation".
'Westernness' could be defined by people who are ethnically or culturally European, in other words people of European descent or speaking a European language as their mother-tongue.
I have even heard Americans think that 200 years was "ancient". Europeans would tend to think that driving 100 km is quite a long way, while for Americans that would be rather near.
For a European "ancient" refers to something that is typically 2,000 to 5,000 years old (related to the Antiquity, not antiques ! This is due to the much higher density of population in Europe, and the smaller size of Europe (believe it or not the EU is over twice smaller than the USA).
Frequently the tribe from which a warrior stole a bride would come looking for her, and it was necessary for the warrior and his new wife to go into hiding to avoid being discovered.
According to an old French custom, as the moon went through all its phases the couple drank a brew called metheglin, which was made from honey. Arranged marriages were the norm, primarily business relationships born out of the desire and/or need for property, monetary or political alliances.
Here is a summary of my observations on the differences between Europeans and Americans (USA).
These are of course the major trends, and exception exit everywhere.
Europe itself has the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity of the Western world.