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tion and an air of leisure and delicacy. If asked to take wine, it is generally esteemed a point of etiquette to accept the invitation ; but if your health or principles forbid your drinking wine, you may merely touch it to your lips, or you may decline, saying, "I'll thank you to excuse me," or you may ask to be permitted to take water instead of wine. Easy, pleasant conver­sation should be promoted at table, but all argu­ment and discussion should be avoided. Awk­ward positions, restlessness, picking of the teeth, absence of mind, inattention to the remarks or wants of those around you, are gross breaches of good manners. Before coming to the table, take care that your toilet is finished, and after­wards do nothing which may seem to indicate that you are thinking of your dress or personal appearance. There is no disgrace in a good appetite; but even in satisfying it, we should habitually cultivate an air and manner which may assert the dignity of human nature, and discriminate between intellectual and moral beings and mere animals. The strict observ­ance of established rules of etiquette at table will have a tendency to produce this result.
Manners in the street and on the road.— Never push against people in the streets, or in any crowded place. If by accident you come in
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