Don't reject bits of bone or other substances by spitting them back into the plate. Quietly eject them upon your fork, holding it to your lips and place them up on the plate. Fruit stones may be removed with the fingers.
|Don't trowel butter across an unbroken slice of bread.|
Don't trowel butter across an unbroken slice of bread.
Don't stretch across another's plate to reach anything.
Don't apply to your neighbor to pass articles when the servant is at hand.
Don't finger articles: don't play with your napkin or your goblet or your fork or with anything.
Don't mop your face or beard with a napkin. Draw it across your lips neatly.
|Don't forget that the lady sitting at your side...|
Don't forget that the lady sitting at your side has the first claim upon your attention. A lady at your side must not be neglected, whether you have been introduced to her or not.
Don't talk when your mouth is full.
–From "Don't: A Manual of Mistakes and Improprieties more or less prevalent in Conduct and Speech" by Oliver Bell Bunce 1884
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