The following actions were considered extremely rude in the presence of company; crossing the legs, adjusting your hair, winking your eyes, laughing immoderately, beating time with your feet and and hands, rubbing your face or hands, shrugging up your shoulders, placing your hand upon the person with whom you are conversing,looking steadily at one, and so on.
'The delight of the average hostess's heart is the well-bred man, unspoiled by conceit, who can always be depended upon to do his duty.
In fact, it was considered extremely impolite for a gentleman to stay late at a woman's home.
A gentleman could only call on a lady with her permission.
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Once a couple had been introduced formally, the gentleman could offer to escort the young lady home by offering his card to her.
He arrives in good time, fills his card before very long, and can be asked to dance with a plain, neglected wallflower or two without resenting it.
He takes his partner duly to the refreshment-room after each dance, if she wishes to go, and provides her with whatever she wishes.
Once formally introduced, a gentleman could offer to walk a young lady home by presenting her with a card that asked if he could be her escort.
The woman could then weigh her offers and present her own card to the gentleman she liked best.