|The gentleman never smokes, or spits upon the walk, to the exceeding annoyance of those who are always disgusted with tobacco in any shape.|
Good behavior upon the street, or public promenade, marks the gentleman most effectually; rudeness, incivility, disregard of “what the world says,” marks the person of low breeding. We always know, in walking a square with a man, if he is a gentleman or not. A real gentility never does the following things on the street, in presence of observers:—
- Never picks the teeth, nor scratches the head.
- Never swears or talks uproariously.
- Never picks the nose with the finger.
- Never smokes, or spits upon the walk, to the exceeding annoyance of those who are always disgusted with tobacco in any shape.
- Never stares at any one, man or woman, in a marked manner.
- Never scans a lady's dress impertinently, and makes no rude remarks about her.
- Never crowds before promenaders in a rough or hurried way.
- Never jostles a lady or gentleman without an “excuse me.”
- Never treads upon a lady's dress without begging pardon.
- Never loses temper, nor attracts attention by excited conversation.
- Never dresses in an odd or singular manner, so as to create remark.
- Never fails to raise his hat politely to a lady acquaintance; nor to a male friend who may be walking with a lady—it is a courtesy to the lady.– Beadle’s Dime Book of Practical Etiquette, 1859
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