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Social Customs: Frankness Of Modern Manners
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) RICHARD GRANT WHITE, who was a man not inclined to mince matters, boldly and calmly asserted that there was no such thing as English grammar! English grammar, in the opinion of this gentleman, was only a sort of old-fashioned myth, invested and kept alive by pedagogues for the torture of unoffending youth of both sexes.
Social Customs: Visiting Cards And Their Uses
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) WE do not often associate in our minds the famous Magna Charta of English history, the source of so great a part of our modern liberty, and the insignificant bits of pasteboard which constitute modern visiting cards. Nevertheless, they come from the same Greek root, signifying paper; or to speak more exactly, card is derived from charta (Greek Xaíprgs).
Social Customs: Invitations
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) IT is now usual to have the invitations engraved for all large and formal occasions, such as weddings, club and class-day festivities, large dances, receptions and ceremonious dinners. Engraved forms have grown in favor, because they save time and trouble.
Social Customs: Dinners, And How To Give Them
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) THE extravagance of our modern dinner table grew to be so great that at one time it rivalled those ancient Roman feasts where dowries were expended on a single meal, and almost surpassed Cleopatra's famed and costly beverage.
Social Customs: Dinners - Service And Arrangements Of The Table
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) SCRATCH a Russian, and you will find a Tartar, - says the old proverb; intimating, in language more plain than elegant, that a Russian is only a sort of half-savage. And yet these same people, savage or not, control in large measure the diplomacy of Europe...
Social Customs: Etiquette Of The Table
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) EAT at your table as you would eat at the table of the king, - said Confucius; and the advice is as good now as when it was given nearly three thousand years ago. If you would learn to behave well in company you must behave well at home...
Social Customs: Family Dinner Table - Its Furniture And Equipment
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) THE lady of the house should not allow her plate to be removed until all her guests have finished eating.The service and arrangement of one's table must of course vary largely with one's income, but it is a mistake to let all the expenditure be for the food alone...
Social Customs: Children And How They Should Behave At The Table
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) THE parents who bring their children up well and carefully, who furnish them with an adequate physical, mental and moral training, truly deserve the gratitude of the State, as well as that of their offspring. In the mad struggle for wealth which now pervades all classes of society, this homely, old-fashioned truth is quite lost sight of.
Social Customs: Luncheons
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) A DINNER-PARTY has become in these days such an elaborate and formal affair that the timid and modest entertainer, or one who shrinks from ceremony, no longer invites people to dine with him. An invitation to dinner seems such a solemn thing, even if you pro-test and declare that the dinner will be strictly en famille!
Social Customs: Breakfast
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) The old-fashioned American breakfast is going rapidly out of favor, for several reasons. People who dine at seven or eight o'clock in the evening, are not usually hungry in the morning, and find a light meal suits them better at that time, than a heavy one.
Social Customs: Afternoon Teas And Receptions
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) WITH the ever-increasing luxury of the present day a new fashion has grown up; namely, that of giving frequent and expensive entertainments for a few people rather than large affairs for society in general.
Social Customs: Balls And Dances, Their Arrangements, Etc.
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) FORMULAS for invitations to balls and dances have been already given in the chapter on Invitations. For a large ball, especially if it be given at a very gay season, when people will be apt to have numerous engagements, the invitations are sometimes sent out three or four wecks beforehand.
Social Customs: Etiquette Of The Ballroom
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) A LADY does not now enter a room leaning on the arm of her husband or other escort. With the growing independence of women, this old custom has fallen into desuetude.
Social Customs: Musical Parties
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) In spite of the prevalent mania for card-playing it is still the fashion to provide some more or less intellectual feast for the entertainment of guests on many occasions; and music, readings, recitations, are all in demand.
Social Customs: Etiquette Of Weddings
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) THERE is no social event which is of greater or more universal interest than a wedding. The mere mention of one makes everybody feel happy and good-natured; and when the great day itself comes off, it finds all concerned in the best possible spirits, even if a few inconsiderate people will persist in crying during the ceremony.
Social Customs: Marriage Engagements And English Wedding Breakfasts
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) MARRIAGE engagements, as all the world knows, are made in this country by the young people themselves, and very seldom by their parents. Managing mammas or matchmaking friends may contrive ways and means to bring a young couple together; but these outside influences are exerted indirectly, and the main actors in the drama are almost without exception the two parties directly interested.
Social Customs: Chaperon
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) When we are in the heyday of youth, full of spirits and gayety, and believing implicitly in the virtue and good intentions of every one around us, the institution of chaperonage seems to us a very odious and unnecessary restraint on our liberty.
Social Customs: Conversation In Society
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) IN order to be an agreeable person in society, it is by no means necessary to be a burning and a shining light there in. On the contrary, the average man and woman (under one or other of which heads most of us belong) are a thousand times more agreeable if they don't try to shine.
Social Customs: On Voice, Language And Accent
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) How often do we see people who have with painful effort acquired all the social graces and even a certain elegance of manner, but who still betray — by the misuse of a single letter it may be — the defects of their early education!
Social Customs: Gestures And Carriage
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) THERE are no more crucial tests of good breeding than a man's carriage, his way of moving, and the gestures which he makes.
Social Customs: Introductions
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) WHEN shall we introduce our friends and acquaintances to one another, and when shall we refrain from doing so? This is a difficult question to answer, especially at the present moment, when the social world in our own country is divided against itself with regard to this important subject.
Social Customs: Letters Of Introduction
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) IN this age of universal travelling, letters of introduction fly about as freely as commercial paper, and sometimes with equally disastrous results. If one is going to England, the Continent, or even to our own Pacific Coast, it is as necessary to have these documents, in order to see anything of social life, as it is to have a letter of credit to pay one's hotel bills.
Social Customs: On Dress
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) THE wise physician does not take his own drugs neither do the wise and witty Frenchwomen follow their own fashions, — that is to say, they do not follow them to extremes, nor adhere to them with the martyr-like fidelity which so strongly characterizes Americans. At last, however, our countrywomen are be-ginning to think for themselves a little in the matter of dress.
Social Customs: Dress And Customs Appropriate To Mourning
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) IT seems a strange thing that we, who profess and call ourselves Christians, should yet think it right to assume the trappings of the deepest woe and gloom upon the death of a near and dear friend. According to our belief the loved one has gone to a happier world, free from all pain and care.
Social Customs: Host And Guest
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) THE bond between host and guest has in all times been held to be of a peculiar and even sacred character. In ancient Greece hospitality was, a matter of religion, and violation of its duties was thought to provoke the wrath of the gods.
Social Customs: Country Manners And Hospitality
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) PEOPLE who live in the country often make the mistake of endeavoring to entertain their guests in city fashion. They think that nothing else will suit their town-bred friends; or perhaps they themselves have an overweening admiration for city life and all that pertains to it.
Social Customs: In The Street And In Public Places
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) AMERICAN women are so much accustomed to receiving courtesy and consideration at the hands of American men, they are so well used to breathing the air of freedom from their very birth, that they some-times forget how great are their actual privileges, and grumble because they have not others which would no doubt be pleasant to possess...
Social Customs: Pride And Parvenus
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) IF one circle of society is really superior and better than another, why is it not a laudable ambition for a man or a woman to wish to rise to that which is best? Why does the world laugh, good-naturedly or bitterly, according to its mood, at those who strive to ascend the social ladder?
Social Customs: There Is Nothing New Under The Sun
(Topic: Customs, Social Customs, Historical Customs) WHEN we read of the manners and customs of by-gone times, nothing pleases us so much as to come across some little trait of character or some observance which reminds us of our own day. We see demonstrated — perhaps for the thousandth time — the essential brotherhood of man, the oneness of human nature, ancient and modern.
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