Q. Should the hostess or her daughter pour at a formal tea? — A. Neither. If the tea is formal, it is customary to have waiters perform this task.
- Q. How should a large number of formal invitations be recalled, due to sudden illness?
- A. Have cards printed, as engraving would delay matters: “Owing to sudden illness Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshall are obliged to recall their invitations for Wednesday, the tenth of November”
- Q. Should the hostess or her daughter pour at a formal tea?
- A. Neither. If the tea is formal, it is customary to have waiters perform this task.
- Q. Is “Yes, ma’am” the proper answer for a child to give his teacher.
- A. No. The correct answer is, "Yes, Miss Marshall.”
- Q. If one enters a streetcar or bus, and sits down next to a friend who is reading a book, should one start a conversation?
- A. The friend who is reading should take the initiative, and decide whether she wishes to continue reading or converse with you.
- Q. Do the ushers at a wedding pay for their own outfits?
- A. Yes, because they are supposed to have in their wardrobes clothes that are suitable for a wedding.
- Q. Is it proper to pick bones from meat or fish with the fingers?
- A. This is permitted only in strict privacy.
- Q. What subjects should always be avoided in general social conversation?
- A. Religion, politics, illness, operations, death.
— by Roberta Lee, 1930-1939
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