The Habits of Good Society: A Handbook for Ladies and Gentlemen

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Carleton, 1865 - Conduct of life - 430 pages
 

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Page 35 - Lean not on one mind constantly : Lest, where one stood before, two fall. Something God hath to say to thee Worth hearing from the lips of all. All things are thine estate : yet must Thou first display the title-deeds, And sue the world. Be strong : and trust High instincts more than all the creeds. The world of Thought is pack'd so tight, If thou stand up another tumbles : Heed it not, tho...
Page 36 - There are two sorts of good company ; one, which is called the beau monde, and consists of those people who have the lead in Courts, and in the gay part of life ; the other consists of those who are distinguished by some peculiar merit, or who excel in some particular and valuable art or science.
Page 415 - It perhaps requires more virtues to make a good husband or wife than what go to the finishing any the most shining character whatsoever.
Page 185 - The Princess Henrietta is very pretty, but much below my expectation; and her dressing of herself with her hair frized short up to her ears, did make her seem so much the less to me. But my wife standing near her with two or three black patches on, and well dressed, did seem to me much handsomer than she.
Page 376 - I have often told you) is always and everywhere the same: but the modes of them vary, more or less, in every country; and an easy and genteel conformity to them, or rather the assuming of them at proper times and in proper places, is what particularly constitutes a man of the world, and a wellbred man.
Page 323 - ... parties. THE Kiss OF RESPECT. The kiss of mere respect — almost obsolete in this country — is made on the hand. This custom is retained in Germany and among gentlemen of the most courtly manners in England. THE Kiss OF FRIENDSHIP. The kiss of friendship and relationship is on the cheeks and forehead. As a general rule, this act of affection is excluded from public eyes; — in the case of parents and children unnecessarily so; for there is no more pleasing and touching sight than to see a...
Page 337 - Mrs. Smith — Mr. Jones,' and escape. If you have to present three or four people to said Mrs. Smith, it will suffice to utter their respective names without repeating that of the lady. " A well-bred person always receives visitors at whatever time they may call, or whoever they may be ; but if you are occupied and cannot afford to be interrupted by a mere ceremony, you should instruct the servant beforehand to say that you are 'not at home.
Page 322 - A respectful bow should always accompany the words of salutation. FOREIGNERS' SALUTATIONS. Foreigners are given to embracing. In France and Germany the parent kisses his grown-up son on the forehead, men throw their arms around the necks of their friends, and brothers embrace like lovers. It is a curious sight to Americans, with their natural prejudices against publicity in kissing. SALUTATIONS ON THE STREET.
Page 333 - If you are intimate with the person on whom you call, you may ask in the first case for admission ; if not, it is better only to leave a card, and make your " kind inquiries" of the servant, who is generally primed in what manner to answer them.

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