Always . . .
· -Wear gloves on the street, in church, or in other formal occasions, except when eating or drinking.
-Wear gray or darker colors for day and white or cream-colored for evening.
· -Remove your hat when entering a building.
· - Lift your hat fully to a lady in public; a greeting between gentlemen may be an inclination of the head, a gesture of the hand, or a mere touching of the hat.
· -Stand up when a lady, elderly person, or dignitary enters a room, comes within your presence, or stands.
· -Offer a lady your seat if no others are available, and assist with her chair when she sits down or stands, especially when at a table or when chairs are small or light.
|"I have to carry even your little packages?"|
· -Offer your arm to a lady with whom you are acquainted when entering or exiting a building or a room, and whenever walking on uneven ground.
· -Open doors for a lady and offer to help her with hat, cloak, shawl, packages, refreshments, etc.-Turn and walk with a lady if she wishes to speak in public, and leave with a bow and lift of the hat when all has been said.
Never . . .
· -Use tobacco in any form when ladies are present.
· -Curse or discuss impolite subjects when ladies are present.
· -Call someone by their first name in public.
· -Acknowledge a lady in public unless she acknowledges you first.
· -Remove your gloves when making a formal call.
· -Use too much perfume . . . or smoke before entering a lady's presence.
These rules made a lot more sense to me than some of the ones for ladies. The boys have it easier. Their rules sound like good, common courtesy!