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Page 166 - ... but it is still in existence, and is as much practised as ever. Visits of form, of which most people complain, and yet to which most people submit, are absolutely necessary — being, in fact, the basis on which that great structure, society, mainly rests. You cannot invite people to your house, however often you may have met them elsewhere, until you have first called upon them in a formal manner, and they have returned the visit. It is a kind of safeguard against any acquaintances which are...
Page 166 - THE ceremony of paying calls has been ridiculed and derided during the course of many, many years as meaningless, useless, and stupid ; but it is still in existence, and is as much practised as ever. Visits of form, of which most people complain, and yet to which most people submit,are absolutely necessary — being in fact the basis on which that great structure, society, mainly rests.