Hints on Etiquette and the Usages of Society

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Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1852 - 143 pages
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Page 130 - Ah, my Lord, how d'ye do?" The Duke looked surprised. " May I know, Sir, to whom I have the honour of speaking?" said his Grace, drawing up. " Oh ! why — don't you know ? We dined together at the B — f S — k Club, the other evening! — I'M MR. TIMMS OF THE TREASURY ! ! " " Then," said the Duke, turning on his heel,
Page 86 - ... serious or glaring violation of decorum. In small matters, ladies are both able and willing to take care of themselves, and would prefer being allowed to overwhelm the unlucky offender in their own way. If, while walking up and down a public promenade, you should meet friends or acquaintances whom you do not intend to join, it is only necessary to salute them the first time of passing ; to bow or...
Page 83 - Do not pride yourself on doing " steps neatly," unless you are ambitious of being taken for a dancing-master; between whose motions and those of a gentleman there is a great difference. If a lady should civilly decline to dance with you, making an excuse, and you chance to see her dancing afterwards, do not take any notice of it, nor be offended with her. It might not be that she despised you, but tbat she preferred i another.
Page 84 - Besides, it is a hard case that women should be compelled to dance with everybody offered them, at the alternative of not being allowed to enjoy themselves at all. If a friend be engaged when you request her to dance, and she promises to be your partner for the next or any of the following dances, do not neglect her when the time comes, but be in readiness to fulfil your office as her cavalier, or she may think that you have studiously slighted her, besides preventing her obliging some one else....
Page 66 - It is in bad taste to dress in the extreme of fashion ; and, in general, those only do so who have no other claim to distinction, — leave it, in these times, to shopmen and pickpockets. There are certain occasions, however, when you may dress as gaily as you please, observing the maxim of the ancient poet, to be
Page 17 - ETIQUETTE is the barrier which society draws around itself as a protection against offences the " law " cannot touch ; it is a shield against the intrusion of the impertinent, the improper, and the vulgar...
Page 128 - No lady, however intimate you may be with her, will acknowledge your acquaintance in the 11 / street, unless you are the first to honor her. with a bow of recognition. It must be obvious, however, to all thinking persons, that our own custom is the most in accordance with good taste. Never nod to a lady in the street, neither be satisfied with touching your hat, but take it off. — it is a courtesy her sex demands. Never keep your hat on when handing a lady to her box or to her carriage. Never slam...
Page 124 - IF you meet a lady of your .acquaintance in the street, it is her part to notice' you first, unless, indeed, you are very intimate. The reason is, if you bow to a lady first, she may. not choose to acknowledge you, and there is no remedy ; but if she bow to you — you, as a gentleman, cannot cut her.
Page 38 - ... country, where the circle constituting " society " is necessarily so small, that * its members cannot fail to acquire the same habits, feelings, and observances. However, a few hints may not be thrown away, always • recollecting that people can only become ridiculous by attempting to be too fine. I am, of course, supposing my readers to be acquainted with the decencies of life. When the members of the party have all assembled in the drawing-room, the master or mistress of the house will point...

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