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 361 - Distrust the condiment that bites so soon; But deem it not, thou man of herbs, a fault To add a double quantity of salt; Four times the spoon with oil of Lucca crown, And twice with vinegar procured from town; And lastly o'er the flavoured compound toss A magic soupcon of anchovy sauce.
Page 361 - Two large potatoes, passed through kitchen sieve, Unwonted softness to the salad give. Of mordent mustard add a single spoon — Distrust the condiment which bites so soon ; But deem it not, thou man of herbs, a fault To add a double quantity of salt.
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 413 - 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 338 - This form has often been denounced as a falsehood, but a lie is no lie unless intended to deceive ; and since the words are universally understood to mean that you are engaged, it can be no harm to give such an order to a servant. But, on the other hand, if the servant once admits a visitor within the hall, you should receive him at any inconvenience to yourself.
Page 390 - ... with a huge gash on his cheek, or his arm in a sling, a few days after a ball. " Friendship, it appears, can be let out on hire. The lady who was so very amiable to you last night, has a right to ignore your existence to-day. In fact, a ball room acquaintance rarely goes any farther, until you hav.e met at more balls than one. In the same way a man cannot, after being introduced to a young lady to dance with, ask her to do so more than twice in the same evening. A man may dance four or even five...
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 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 327 - The etiquette of handshaking is simple. A man has no right to take a lady's hand until it is offered. He has even less right to pinch or retain it. Two ladies shake hands gently and softly. A young lady gives her hand, but does not shake a gentleman's unless she is his friend. A lady should always rise to give her hand; a gentleman, of course, never dares to do so seated. On introduction in a room a married lady generally offers her hand ; a young lady, not. In a ballroom, where the introduction...

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