Iconically rare has written a very encouraging post about Emily Post and the importance of good character. xx Rowena
Back in the 80s (1880s), Emily apparently was tall, pretty and spoiled. I’m not sure how she became an authority on the delicate path of becoming a lady or gentleman.
Just how did Post come by her words? Maybe we aren’t privy to some of the suffering and stripes she earned…or maybe she was just a brilliant writer with perspective.
Let’s take a look at a few of her revelations to see if her magic has aged well:
From Emily Post (1873–1960). Etiquette. 1922 [see more at bartleby. com]
FAR more important than any mere dictum of etiquette is the fundamental code of honor, without strict observance of which no man, no matter how “polished,” can be considered a gentleman.
The honor of a gentleman demands the inviolability of his word, and the incorruptibility of his principles; he is the descendant of the knight, the crusader; he is the defender of the defenseless, and…
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