DON’T

A little book dealing frankly with mistakes and improprieties more or less common to all

by

CENSOR

REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION

WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED

LONDON AND MELBOURNE

Note from blog owner:

I share the content of this book on the blog because it is quite useful (not all readers can accept all the tips though, I myself don’t agree with some of those tips). However, another copy of this book is not easy to find nowadays. If you have information on how to purchase this book, please let me know by mail. Nevertheless, please enjoy reading some chapters of this book.

Preface

It so happens that most of the rules of society are prohibitory in character. This fact suggested the negative form adopted in this book, and permitted the various injunctions to be expressed in a sententious and emphatic manner.

There are some persons, no doubt, who will condemn many things here said as unnecessary, because generally known. It was necessary to include familiar rules in order to be comprehensive, but anyone who carefully observes will find that nearly every rule given is frequently violated by some person or other of good social standing.

Other critics may condemn some of the injunctions as over-nice. All that can be said to these persons is that everyone has the right to determine for himself at what point below the highest point he is content to let his social culture drop.

CENSOR

Chapter 1 : In Dress and Personal Habits


“Manners makyth man.”

WILLIAM OF WYKEHAM

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