This young Vermont couple appear to be upper middle class. He looks very self confident, or even smug. But she, on the other hand, fingering her beaded necklace and looking slightIy askance at the camera, is harder to read. Is she nervous? Aloof? Suspicous or doubtful of the photographic outcome?
photo by S. O. Hersey, Montpelier, Vermont, circa 1865