The Correct Thing - In The Family Circle|
(in polite society)
Florence Hall - Author
D. Martin - editor
It IS the correct thing ...|
To be as polite at home as one is abroad.
To be attentive as well as respectful and polite to old people, remembering how few are their pleasures and opportunities for enjoyment.
To have one's house always in good order, whether any guests are expected or not.
To accustom ourselves early to the small acts of courtesy of daily life, which thus become in a measure automatic, to be performed easily, and almost unconsciously.
For a son or daughter to rise when the mother of the family enters the room.
For young people to allow their parents, elders or guests to precede them in entering or leaving a room, or in going upstairs.
It IS NOT the correct thing ...
For children or young people to monopolize the most desirable positions and most comfortable chairs.
To be profane or to use doubtful slang.
To be afraid to use one's good manners every day, lest they should wear out.
To have the parlor alone in order, and the rest of the house in confusion.
For young people to be selfish, expecting all the arrangements of the house to be made for their pleasure and convenience, and all the expenses to be incurred for their benefit.
For young people to sit down at the table without waiting for their parents, unless they have received permission to do so.