Etiquette of Good Society

Etiquette of Good Society

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...and then generally turn their attention to the presents, which should be exhibited on a table set apart for this special use. The breakfast takes place about half an hour after the return from church. It seems to have been the custom once upon a time, and even at as late a date as the eighteenth century, for the bridegroom to wait upon the guests at table. Sir Charles Grandison on the day of his wedding "took a napkin from the butler, and was the modestest servitor that ever waited at table while his napkin was under his arm; but he laid it down while he addressed the company, finding something to say to each in his pithy agreeable manner, as he went round the table." In these modern times the bride sometimes does not appear at breakfast. If she is present the newly-married pair are seated side by side. If the table be a long one, they are placed on one side; if of the horse-shoe shape, which is considerably the best, they are at the apex. The mother of the bride occupies the seat on the bridegroom's righthand, the father of the bride that on her left-hand. The bridesmaids are seated immediately opposite. Towards the conclusion of the dejeuner, the toast is proposed (health of the bride and bridegroom) either by an old and valued friend of the bride's family or by the officiating clergyman. The bridegroom returns thanks. The list of toasts is verymuch curtailed, and wisely too--speeches as a general rule are dull and uninteresting. If the one toast does not satisfy the craving for this kind of entertainment, then the bridesmaids' health is proposed, and the "best man" is deputed to return their acknowledgment. The health of the father and mother of the bride and of the bridegroom are given in addition. The fewer toasts, more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644824
  • 9781236644824