People

Lady Violet Greville on Society Bores

Lady Violet Greville was the daughter of the Duke of Montrose and his formidable wife Caroline, and became, in the 1880s and 1890s, the author of a ladies column in the Graphic. In the following piece, she minces no words about the presence of bores in late Victorian society, and it seems we in the …

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Etiquette

The Art of Conversation

The concept of polite society grew precisely out of that: politeness. The art of conversation was raised to a highest pitch amongst the aristocracy until it became a sort of shared language, or verbal code, to allow members to identify one another by the pitch and tone of one’s voice, and the words used to …

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Etiquette

Briticisms and Americanisms

Our British brethren are great sticklers for ancient usage so far as spelling is concerned. Booksellers, publishing books for sale on both sides of the water, find it necessary to use the English orthography, if they wish to capture British trade. Yet the same people who insist that “honour” must be spelled with a “u,” …

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