Perfect Etiquette, Or, How to Behave in Society: A Complete Manual for Ladies and Gentlemen ...

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A. Cogswell, 1877 - Etiquette - 120 pages
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Page 111 - Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket : and do not pull it out and strike it ; merely to show that you have one.
Page 93 - Utter not base and frivolous things amongst grown and learned men, nor very difficult questions or subjects amongst the ignorant, nor things hard to be believed.
Page 91 - In the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming noise, nor drum with your fingers or feet.
Page 94 - 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.
Page 91 - 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 95 - In disputes, be not so desirous to overcome, as not to give liberty to each one to deliver his opinion ; and submit to the judgment of the major part, especially if they are judges of the dispute.
Page 95 - Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
Page 93 - 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 103 - Dancing is in itself a very trifling, silly thing ; but it is one of those established follies to which people of sense are sometimes obliged to conform, and then they should be able to do it well. And though I would not have you a dancer, yet when you do dance I would have you dance well, as I would have you do everything you do well.

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