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Manners and Social Usages

By Sherwood, John M. E. W., Mrs.

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Title: Manners and Social Usages  
Author: Sherwood, John M. E. W., Mrs.
Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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PG Transcriber?s Notes: This etiquette manual was probably originally a series of columns in a newspaper or a magazine like Harper?s, as the chapters on weddings in the different seasons refer to how the fashions have changed since the last one?by the original copyright, 1884, though the book version appeared in 1887. Notable features among the usual: how to dance the German, or Cotillon; remarks and four chapters on English, French, or others in contrast to American customs, making it a guide to European manners; proper behavior for the single woman past girlhood; appropriate costumes for many occasions; three chapters on staff and servants.

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CONTENTS. CHAPTER ... PAGE I. Women as Leaders ... 13 II. Optional Civilities ... 29 III. Good and Bad Society ... 36 IV. On Introducing People ... 44 V. Visiting ... 58 VI. Invitations, Acceptances, and Regrets ... 66 VII. Cards of Compliment, Courtesy, Condolence, and Congratulation ... 74 VIII. The Etiquette of Weddings ... 82 IX. Who Pays for the Cards ... 94 X. Weddings after Easter ... 102 XI. Summer Weddings ... 110 XII Autumn Weddings ... 117 XIII. Before the Wedding and After ... 125 XIV. Gold, Silver, and Tin Weddings ... 133 XV. The Etiquette of Balls ... 142 XVI. Fashionable Dancing ... 150 XVII. Letters and Letter Writing ... 159 XVIII. Costly thy Habit ... 167 XlX. Dressing for Driving ... 174 XX. Incongruities of Dress ... 181 XXI. Etiquette of Mourning ... 188 XXII. Mourning and Funeral Usages ... 200 XXIII. Letters of Condolence ... 207 XXIV. Chaperons and Their Duties ... 214 XXV. Etiquette for Elderly Girls ... 223 XXVI. New Year's Calls ... 230 XXVII. Matin?es And Soir?es ... 239 XXVIII. Afternoon Tea ... 247 XXIX. Caudle And Christening Cups and Ceremonies ... 255 XXX. Modern Dinner Table ... 261 XXXI. Laying the Dinner-table ... 269 XXXII. Favors and Bonbonni?res ... 277 XXXIII. Dinner Table Novelites ... 285 XXXIV. Summer Dinners ... 292


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