Manners and Social Usages

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Harper & Brothers, 1887 - Etiquette - 487 pages
Etiquette manuals are an important sources of information on ballrooms and social dance during the nineteenth-century. Sherwood's book is an exceptional source for etiquette as it was practiced in the late 1880s. Additionally, of the book's fifty-nine chapters, two are devoted to dancing and balls.
 

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Page 312 - While he from forth the closet brought a heap Of candied apple, quince,. and plum, and gourd; With jellies soother than the creamy curd, And lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon; Manna and dates, in argosy transferr'd From Fez; and spiced dainties, every one, From silken Samarcand to cedar'd Lebanon.
Page 455 - How much lies in Laughter: the cipher-key, wherewith we decipher the whole man! Some men wear an everlasting barren simper ; in the smile of others lies a cold glitter as of ice: the fewest are able to laugh, what can be called laughing, but only sniff and titter and snigger from the throat outwards ; or at best, produce some whiffling husky cachinnation, as if they were laughing through wool: of none such comes good.
Page 406 - You would be, sweet madam, if your miseries were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are: And yet, for aught I see, they are as sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing...
Page 217 - ... the ball, the party, the races, the dinners, and especially to theatre parties; she must preside at the table, and act the part of a mother, so far as she can; she must watch the characters of the men who approach her charge, and endeavor to save the inexperienced girl from the dangers of a bad marriage, if possible.
Page 120 - ... glancing all around with a triumphant assurance. Miss Mehitable hung upon his arm, pale with excitement and emotion. Then came Esther and I. As we passed up the aisle, I heard a confused murmur of whisperings and a subdued drawing in of breath, and the rest all seemed to me to be done in a dream. I heard the words, " Who giveth this woman to be married to this man...
Page 404 - The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not ; and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues.
Page 89 - Marriage comes in on the i3th day of January, and at Septuagesima Sunday it is out again until Low Sunday ; at which time it comes in again, and goes not out until Rogation Sunday ; thence it is forbidden until Trinity Sunday, from whence it is unforbidden until Advent Sunday ; but then it goes out and comes not in again till the 13th day of January next following.
Page 219 - Nothing is more vulgar in the eyes of our modern society than for an engaged couple to travel together or to go to the theatre unaccompanied, as was the primitive custom. This will, we know, shock many Americans, and be called a " foolish following of foreign fashions.

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