Sensible Etiquette and Good Manners of the Best Society ... to which is Added The Art of Writing

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Jane Aster
G.W. Carleton, 1882 - 465 Seiten
 

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Seite 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.
Seite 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.
Seite 292 - I may hint that no epicure ever yet put knife to apple, and that an .orange should be peeled with a spoon. But the art of peeling an orange so as to hold its own juice, and its own sugar too, is one that can scarcely be taught in a book. However, let us go to dinner, and I will soon tell you whether you are a well-bred man or not ; and here let me premise that what is good manners for a small dinner is good manners for a large one, and vice versa.
Seite 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.
Seite 338 - ... servant once admits a visitor within the hall, you should receive him at any inconvenience to yourself. A lady should never keep a visitor waiting more than a minute, or two at the most, and if she cannot avoid doing so, must apologize on entering the drawing-room.
Seite 167 - Fortunately modern republicanism has tri umphed over ancient etiquette, and the tail-coat of to-day is looser and more easy than it was twenty years ago. I can only say, let us never strive to make it bearable, till we have abolished it. Let us abjure such vulgarities as silk collars, white silk linings, and so forth, which attempt to beautify this monstrosity, as a hangman might wreathe his gallows with roses. The plainer the manner in which you wear your misery, the better.
Seite 289 - ... it, dear creatures ! the pipe is the worst rival a woman can have, and it is one whose eyes she cannot scratch out; who improves with age, while she herself declines ; who has an art which no woman possesses, that of never wearying her devotee; who is silent, yet a companion; costs little, yet gives much pleasure; who, lastly, never upbraids, and always yields the same joy.
Seite 333 - ... of the servant, who is generally primed in what manner to answer them. In visits of congratulation you should always go in, and be hearty in your congratulations. Visits of condolence are terrible inflictions to both receiver and giver, but they may be made less so by avoiding, as much as consistent with sympathy, any allusion to the past.
Seite 323 - I like to see a young man kiss his mother on her wrinkled brow ; it shows " there is no humbug about him." I like to see sisters kiss, and old friends when they meet again. But I may like what I like. The 'world is against me, and as it is a delicate subject I will say no more on it, save only this, — As a general rule, this act of affection is excluded from public eyes in this country, and there are people who are ashamed even to kiss a brother or father on board the steamer which is to take him...
Seite 290 - One must never smoke in a public place, where ladies are or might be, for instance, a flower-show or promenade. One may smoke in a railway-carriage in spite of by-laws, if one has first obtained the consent of every one present; but if there be a lady there, though she give her consent, smoke not. In nine cases out of ten, she will give it from good nature. One must never smoke in a close carriage ; one may ask and obtain leave to smoke when returning from a pic-nic or expedition in an open carriage....

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