Book of Etiquette, Volume 2

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Nelson Doubleday, Incorporated, 1921 - Etiquette

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Page 115 - O'er a' the ills o' life victorious. But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flower, its bloom is shed; Or like the snow-fall in the river, A moment white — then melts for ever; Or like the borealis race, That flit ere you can point their place; Or like the rainbow's lovely form Evanishing amid the storm. Nae man can tether time or tide; The hour approaches Tarn maun ride — That hour o...
Page 133 - ... but of the two, I would rather have a young fellow too much than too little dressed ; the excess on that side will wear off with a little age and reflection ; but if he is negligent at twenty, he will be a sloven at forty, and stink at fifty years old.
Page 133 - Dress yourself fine, where others are fine; and plain, where others are plain ; but take care, always, that your clothes are well made and fit you, for otherwise they will give you a very awkward air.
Page 120 - Billiards from Spain at first derived its name, Both an ingenious and a cleanly game. One gamester leads (the table green as grass) And each like warriors, strive to gain the Pass.
Page xiii - Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman, — repose in energy. The Greek battle-pieces are calm ; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect ; as we say of Niagara that it falls without speed.
Page 135 - ... than a summer shower whether or not a person is cultivated. Often it does not take even so long, for a raucous tone of voice and grossly ungrammatical or vulgar expressions brand a person at once as beyond the pale of polite society. As one goes forth one is weighed in the balance and if found wanting he is quietly dropped by refined and cultured people, and nearly always he is left wondering why with his diamonds and his motors and his money he yet cannot find entree into the inner circles....
Page 200 - Our personal appearance is our show window, where we insert what we have for sale, and we are judged by what we put there," says Orison Swett Harden in his inspirational book, "The Victorious Attitude.
Page 147 - ... wondering why with his diamonds and his motors and his money he yet cannot find entree into the inner circles. An honest heart may beat beneath the ragged coat, a brilliant intellect may rise above the bright checkered suit and yellow tie, the man in the shabby suit may be a famous writer, the woman in the untidy blouse may be an artist of great promise, but as a general rule the chances are against it and such people are dull, flat, stale and unprofitable both to themselves and to other people....
Page 31 - Spoons are used when eating grapefruit and other fruits served with cream. Jellies, puddings, custards, porridges, preserves and boiled eggs are always eaten with spoons. Also, of course, soup, bouillon, coffee and tea. In the case of the three latter beverages, however, the spoon is used only to stir them once or twice and to taste them to see that they are of the desired temperature. It is never allowed to stand in the cup while the beverage is being drunk. Nor is it permissible to draw up a spoonful...
Page 62 - Someone once said of the lawn fete (which is merely another name for a garden party) that "a green lawn, a few trees, a fine day and something to eat" constitute a perfect garden party.

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