MontrealStandard,

14 October 1905, page 4

 

Etiquette

 

Little John—It is not only permissible for men to make formal calls on Sunday, it is quite the custom here, as on week-days it is out of the question for the great majority to discharge this social duty.  When you have been asked in a general way to “come to tea any Sunday” you may call about 5 pm.  Leave your coat and hat in the hall, or wherever directed by the servant.  You may stay till 8 pm or ever later, if there is a pleasant little party, and the hostess does not seem fatigued.  When tea is served at five in the drawing room, supper is usually at 8:30 or 9 pm, or whenever the members of the family who attend evening services return to the house.

 

Elfride—It is true that the formal luncheon has developed into a very elaborate repast, the American fashion of having many courses finding numerous imitaters in certain sections of society here.  It is not, however, in the very best houses that the “incident” of luncheon is treated so seriously.  You need not hesitate to adhere to your simpler ideas on the subject.  In these mattersLondonis a safer guide thanNew York.  It would be considered vulgar in the older and more aristocratic capital to give as much as “pomp and circumstance” to the mid-day repast as to a dinner party, though that is what many ill-advised young hostesses do here and in the neighboring republic.

 

Mother of Three—Only on  very rare occasions it is advisable to allow three sisters to appear at one entertainment.  The effect is apt to be monstrous and the tax on the attentions of young men friends may become a burden to them.  The girls should amicably decide among themselves “the order of their going” to this or that party.  The one who stays at home may console herself with the reflection that it is better to be missed by those who really care for her, than to be passed over by friends less dear who cannot afford to give dances or other attentions to three members of one family.

 

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