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It’s tempting to think that the 19th century was governed by rules. Even a simple thing such as moving around the house in company, had rules attached:
“The lady should be given the wall when descending stairs, but if merely passing from room to room, the man’s right arm should be offered to her.” >>
But rules abounded nowhere quite so much as hosting a dinner party.
“The direction of a table is no inconsiderate branch of a lady’s concern.”>>
http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com/2011/10/rules-not-to-be-broken.html>>
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