Synopses & Reviews
"Think not that you have the right to be idle because you are young."
"Of all things, beware of sullenness, melancholy, and ill-humoured silence."
"Particularly avoid belching, biting, or cutting your nails, rubbing your teeth and picking your nose and ears in company."
"Boys will be boys," the saying goes--but, as this intriguing manual maintains, there is always room for improvement. First published in 1829, it offers forthright advice to young gentlemen in all situations, from encouraging family harmony ("On no account quarrel with your brothers and sisters") to good table manners and conduct at school. Packed with frank and funny observations on boys at work and play, it shows how to navigate the twin perils of "sheepish bashfulness and obtrusive boldness," and hold your own in company with confidence and style.
Timeless tips on tidiness, behavior and self-knowledge combine with the social etiquette of two centuries ago in this entertaining and perceptive guide. Manners for Schoolboys, the latest in the British Library's series of vintage reprints, will make an entertaining and amusing read for boys and men whose manners are less than impeccable--as well as anyone who has to be around them.
With sales of more than 750,000 copies, the books in the GentleManners series have become the most popular gift etiquette books on the market today. This latest book in the series was written especially for boys ages 8-14, to teach them the basic skills every young man should have and every young man's mother and grandmother want him to have. Among the topics covered in this book are how to shake hands, how to make an introduction, what to do when you sneeze or cough, and how to use a napkin. It is written in a style that will appeal to young men of that age.
50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know is a young man's guide to becoming the type of guy that people respect and enjoy. He knows how to shake hands. He knows how to be a good sport. He knows how to give a genuine compliment and how to speak his mind without being offensive. His friends listen to what he has to say, and he returns the favor. He knows how to achieve the perfect knot in a necktie, and more important, he knows when he should be wearing a tie in the first place. Oh, and his favorite ball cap? He knows when to wear it and when to leave it at home on his dresser. Becoming a gentleman doesn't happen in an instant; it's a lifelong exercise in refining etiquette, social interaction, and personal discipline. It all begins here.
About the Author
J. Robinson was master of the free school in the village of Bunny, England.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Behaviour in the Different Relations of Life
I. Knowledge of condition and behavior to superiors. II. Behavior to equals. III. Behaviour to inferiors. IV. Conduct in school. V. Deportment in a place of worship
Part II: Behaviour at Home
I. Demeanour to parents. II. Conduct in family. III. Behavior at meals
Part III. Deportment in company.
I. Conduct with company in the house. II. Conversation. III. Demanour in company when walking abroad. IV. Conduct in walking around
Part IV. Keeping Company
I. Of associating with other boys. II. Conduct when in company with men.
Part V: Attitude, &c.
I. Introductory remarks. II. Standing. III. Walking, saluting, passing, making a bow, &c. IV. Taking leave, offering or receiving any thing. V. Miscellaneous remarks, and Conclusion.