Saturday, December 5, 2015

Etiquette and American Nobility

 It had been her good fortune to be born in America, where the routine of court etiquette is unknown. 
On a certain occasion, some years since, half a dozen titled ladies were in the anteroom of the German Empress by appointment. Her Majesty was engaged for a time and the audience was delayed beyond the limits of ordinary patience. 
At last one of the restless group remarked in French to her neighbor their prolonged wait was growing irksome, all the more so to her personally because it had been her good fortune to be born in America, where the routine of court etiquette is unknown. 
To her surprise, the lady addressed replied that she also had been born in this couutry. In a few minutes others joined in the conversation, and it was discovered that the whole company, without exception, though members of that privileged class known in Europe as the nobility, were native Americans. It was a unique incident.  N. Y. Herald, 1887

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