Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation

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W. H. Morrison, 1888 - Etiquette - 34 pages

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Page 15 - Read no letters, books, or papers in company ; but, when there is a necessity for doing it, you must ask leave. Come not near the books or writings of any one so as to read them, unless desired, nor give your opinion of them unasked ; also, look not nigh when another is writing a letter.
Page 29 - Be not apt to relate news if you know not the truth thereof. In discoursing of things you have heard, name not your author always. A secret discover not. 45. Be not curious to know the affairs of others, neither approach to those that speak in private.
Page 15 - Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close.
Page 12 - Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you should hold your peace, walk not when others stop.
Page 21 - Being to advise, or reprehend any one, consider whether it ought to be in public or in private, presently, or at some other time, in what terms to do it ; and in reproving show no signs of choler, but do it with sweetness and mildness.
Page 20 - In writing or speaking, give to every person his due title, according to his degree and the custom of the place.
Page 18 - When you meet with one of greater quality than yourself, stop and retire, especially if it be at a door or any strait place, to give way for him to pass.
Page 31 - Make no show of taking great delight in your victuals; feed not with greediness ; cut your bread with a knife ; lean not on the table ; neither find fault with what you eat.
Page 25 - Speak not of doleful things in time of mirth, nor at the table ; speak not of melancholy things, as death and wounds, and if others mention them, change, if you can, the discourse.
Page 27 - When another speaks be attentive yourself, and disturb not the audience. If any hesitate in his words, help him not, nor prompt him without being desired; interrupt him not, nor answer him, till his speech be ended.

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