Manners Make the Man
I have an etiquette book published in 1896 called, Our Social Manual or Approved Etiquette of To-Day, by Maud C. Cooke. It covers everything from Salutations to How To Be Beautiful. I think copies of this book should be put in every doctor’s waiting room. It is wonderful entertainment when you only have a moment or two for reading.
I love the section called “Evading a Long Talk.”
1. Never offer to shake hands with a lady in the street if you have on dark gloves as you may soil her white ones.
2. If, when on your way to fulfill an engagement, a friend stops you in the street, you may, without committing any breach of etiquette, tell him of your appointment, and release yourself from a long talk; but do so in a courteous manner, expressing regret for the necessity.
3. A lady does not form acquaintances upon the street, or seek to attract the attention of the other sex, or of persons of her own sex. Her conduct is always modest and unassuming. Neither does a lady demand services or favors from gentlemen. She accepts them graciously, always expressing her thanks.
4. A gentlemen will not stand on the street corners, or in hotel doorways, or club windows, and gaze impertinently at ladies as they pass by. This is the exclusive business of loafers, upon which well-bred men will not trespass.
LOL. On and on it goes. Great stuff. Have you run across rules of etiquette like this? What are some of your favorite? Be sure to share your source, if you have it!