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The Etiquette of To-day   By: (1877-)

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THE ETIQUETTE OF TO DAY

HANDBOOKS

BY EDITH B. ORDWAY

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GEORGE SULLY & COMPANY NEW YORK

THE ETIQUETTE OF TO DAY

REVISED AND ENLARGED

BY

EDITH B. ORDWAY

Author of "The Opera Book," etc.

NEW YORK GEORGE SULLY AND COMPANY

Copyright, 1918 BY SULLY AND KLEINTEICH

Revised Edition, Copyright, 1920 BY GEORGE SULLY AND COMPANY All rights reserved

PRINTED IN U. S. A.

PREFACE

THE customs of social life need frequent restating and adaptation to new needs. They are customs because they are the best rules of conduct that have been garnered from the experiences of succeeding generations under common conditions.

To know them, to catch their spirit, and to follow them in an intelligent way, without slavish punctiliousness but with careful observance, make one skillful in the art of social intercourse, and at home in any society.

Etiquette will not take the place of character, nor of an accurate knowledge of human nature and the arts of practical life. Given these, however, it will unlock to any man or woman doors of success and profit and real happiness which, without it, would have remained forever closed.

E. B. O.

"We feel 'at home' wherever we know how to conduct ourselves."

T. L. NICHOLS

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. The Rewards of Etiquette 1

II. Personality 6

III. Family Etiquette 20 Obligations of the Married 20 General Rules of Conduct 26 Table Etiquette 33 Anniversaries 40 The Giving of Presents 41 Intimate Friends 42 Illness in the Home 44 Courtesy to Servants 45

IV. Conversation and Correspondence 48 The Art of Conversation 48 Correspondence 52 Paper 55 Ink 58 Handwriting 58 Sealing, Stamping, and Directing of Envelopes 59 Salutation, Conclusion, and Signature of Letters 66 Letters of Introduction 70 Letters of Recommendation 73 Third person Letters 74 Informal Invitations and Announcements 74 Letters of Condolence 75 Answering Letters 76

V. Casual Meetings and Calls 78 Greetings and Recognitions 78 Introductions 84 Calls 90 Social Calls of Men 92 First Calls 94

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