Synopses & Reviews
While many bemoan the lack of good manners in society today, the most courteous among us would feel mightily out of place across the dining table from a Dowager Countess. Upholding the highest standards of social decorum was of utmost importance for the 1920s British upper class and even more so for the aspiring middle class that sought to emulate it. Yet the path to perfect comportment seemed strewnthen as nowwith pitfalls, from befuddling arrays of silverware to less-than-gracious houseguests. Originally published in the 1920s, this petite guide offers time-honored advice to avoid such pitfalls.
The Art of Good Manners ranges broadly across topics including courtship, childrens behavior, and civilized conversation before taking the reader through each course at a dinner party, where readers are reminded to neither gurgle the soup nor to make haste with the fruit course since to peel an orange, apple or pear with a fruit knife and fork requires some practice.”
Charmingly presented, The Art of Good Manners is by turns humorously old-fashioned and timeless, and it makes the perfect gift for all who miss this elegant bygone era.
In taking soup do not gurgle or make throat noises
These engaging volumes were originally published in the 1920s, as part of a series which sought to help the middle classes acquire and perfect social decorum.
The Art of Good Manners covers such topics as table manners, pronunciation, introductions, conversation, courtship and childrens behaviour. It takes the reader through what to do during each course at a dinner party and warns of possible pitfalls to peel an orange, apple or pear with a fruit knife and fork requires some practice as well as explaining how a gentleman is expected to behave when ladies are present.
Table of Contents
1. THE VALUE OF GOOD MANNERS
2. MANNERS IN THE HOME AND Al' THE TABLE
3. IN SOCIETY
4. IN PUBLIC
5. IN EVERYDAY LIFE
6. THING'S FOR ATTENTION IN SPEECH
7. WHAT TO CULTIVATE IN CORRESPONDENCE
8. LOVE, COURTSHIP, AND MARRIAGE
9. TRAINING THE CHILDREN