Rules of Etiquette and Home Culture; Or What to Do and How to Do It

Rules of Etiquette and Home Culture; Or What to Do and How to Do It

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...to pay addresses to their daughter, while in this country the matter is left almost entirely with the young people themselves. Whether courtship may lead to an engagement or not must be determined by circumstances. If a man begins seriously to court a girl, but discovers, before he has become engaged, that they are entirely unsuited, he may, with perfect propriety and without serious injury to the lady, withdraw his attentions. It is laid down in some authorities upon this subject that the parents' authority should be obtained before the daughter is asked to give herself in_ marriage. While this would not be improper or wrong, still, in this country with our social customs, it is best not to be too strict in this regard. Each case has its peculiar circumstances which should govern it. A young man would always prefer to know the young lady's mind on the subject before he sought the will of the parents. N o one wants a young lady to receive his hand in marriage just to please her parents, but there are few young' men who will not take a young lady in opposition to her parents' wishes if he loves her and can get her. At all events the young lady's feelings in the matter are considered ' of vastly more importance than the parents'. There should, however, be due consideration given to the feelings of the father and mother. They have reared the daughter, and expect that she will be an hbnor and a comfort to them. Their prejudices against a young man may be ill-founded, but still no young lady ought to discard her parents' counsels entirely in the matter "of marriage, nor should a young man be too bold in encouraging defiance to their wishes. PARENTS' OVERSIGHT OF THEIR DA UGHTERS. Parents...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123684744X
  • 9781236847447