|A test of whether she was born "in the purple..." In other words, whether she was born to the aristocracy or royalty, and used to riding in a carriage.|
The Graceful Way for Women to Exit a Vehicle
The manner in which a woman leaves and enters her vehicle is advanced by some writer as a test of whether she was born "in the purple," or at least accustomed to carriage life.
This authority says: "She should have one foot out and firmly set upon the carriage step before she relinquishes the sitting posture; then the body should follow easily and naturally. Nothing is more awkward than to see a woman thrust her head forth first, and then find herself forced to double herself up to accomplish the rest of the exit.
|Like tech etiquette today, automobile etiquette slowly evolved as more people could afford cars.|
Watch one who knows how to gracefully sink her weight from one foot to the other almost without losing a perfectly perpendicular position, securing instantly a walking poise as she touches the ground, and the difference of her method and that of another who lands very nearly in a tumble on the sidewalk will be discernible. –Los Angeles Herald, 1891
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