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Frown not nor murmur, if there be anything at table which your parents or strangers with them eat, whilst none is given to you.
When finished, place your knife and fork side by side on your plate; roll up your finger napkin, if at home, and put your ring upon it; if abroad, leave it on the back of your chair.
Do not leave the table until the cloth is removed, and the attendants have left the
CONDUCT AT CHURCH.
you enter the
Walk quietly to the pew; run not, nor enter church with levity.
Make it a point of duty to be always in your pew a few minutes before the minister
do not open or shut the door violently, or dispute with others who shall sit nearest the door.
If possible, avoid coughing in church, for it disturbs the clergyman as well as the congregation. When it cannot be avoided, subdue it with your pocket-handkerchief.
Sit where you are desired by your parents.
Change not your seat, but remain in the place where you are.
Talk not in church, especially during service. Fix your eye on the clergyman ; let it not wildly wander to gaze on any other person or thing.
Attend diligently to the words of the clergyman. Pray with him in your heart when he prays; and, while he is preaching, listen attentively, that you may remember and improve by his instructions. The anxious preparation of sermons frequently robs clergymen of that nightly repose which their hearers enjoy. See that no frivolous excuse detains
from going every Sunday to public worship; feel it to be your duty, as well as a very great privilege, to attend every Sunday when your health permits.
CONDUCT IN COMPANY. Enter not into company without a slight bow.
Put not your hand, in the presence of others, to any part of your body not ordinarily dis covered.
Do not sing nor hum a tune while you are in company.
Do not wriggle your body hither and thither, but stand steady and erect.
Play not wantonly, like a mimic, with your finger or feet.
Gnaw not your nails, nor bite them with
In coughing or sneezing, be as noiseless as possible.
Do not put your finger in your mouth, or hang down your head, when your parents or guardians wish you to address yourself to any friend who may visit them. While paying a morning visit, keep your hat
hand. If you cannot avoid yawning, shut your mouth with your hand or handkerchief before it, turning your face aside.
Lean not on the chair of a gentleman while standing behind him.
Spit not into the fire or stove, nor sit at it with your knees too wide asunder.
Seat not yourself with your back to any one,
but place yourself so that no one is behind you.
Read not letters, books, or other writings, in company, unless there be necessity, and then ask leave.
Touch not, nor open the books or letters of any one, unless the owner invite or desire you.
Come not near one who reads a letter, paper, or book.
Let your countenance be moderately cheerful, neither distorted by laughing nor frowning.
Laugh not too frequently, but silently smile upon proper occasions.
Stand not before superiors with your hands in your pockets; scratch not your head, wink not with your eye, but modestly regard them.
When walking with your superior at home or abroad, give him the right hand, and walk not too near, but a little behind; yet not so distant as to be troublesome to him to speak to you, or difficult for you to hear.
Look not boldly in the face of your superior.
Do not look upon any one and immediately whisper to another, it is unmannerly. Whisper not.
Be not froward and fretful, but gentle and affable.
Politely offer a chair to a lady on her entrance into the room, should you be the only one present.
CONDUCT IN CONVERSATION.
Among your superiors, speak not till you are spoken to, or asked to speak.
Hold not your hand, nor anything, before your mouth when you speak.
Come not too near the person to whom you speak.
Neither speak too loud nor too low.
Speak grammatically and distinctly; do not stammer, stumble, or drawl.
Do not answer one who speaks to you until he stop speaking.
Loll not when you speak to a superior, or are spoken to by him.
With superiors, strive not too much in argument or discourse; but rather submit your opinion to theirs.
If your superior say any thing wherein you