By Lillian Eichler
The one critical competitor to Emily put up as etiquette maven to the USA among the wars, LILLIAN EICHLER WATSON (b. 1902) was once a 19-year-old copywriter for the booklet writer Doubleday while she was once commissioned to rewrite the outmoded Encyclopedia of Etiquette through Emily Holt. this is often the advisor to reliable manners she produced in 1921, mining her personal adventure as a social misfit and would-be social climber, and it was once a big hit with these intending to a grander station. quantity II covers: • the right way to deal with servants • right costume for the butler • use of the serviette • evolution of the afternoon tea • the guy on the backyard celebration • yachting events for bachelors • musicales and personal theatricals • while the girl is requested to bop • a few very important principles approximately golfing • the allure of right speech • the eccentric cloth cabinet • poise in public • and lots more and plenty extra. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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If a famous musician is to play his name may appear on the invitation. The musical selections include various numbers to suit the tastes of the hostess, and those of her guests if she happens to know what they are. Sometimes there are vocal selections in addition to the instrumental selections. All professional singers and players are paid for their services, unless they themselves offer them free. It is very bad form indeed, to invite a singer or player as a guest, and then expect him to give his services.
Every man who mingles in society at all, who enjoys the company of brilliant women and attractive young ladies, who accepts the invitations of hostesses, is failing in his duty when he offers as an excuse the fact that he doesn't know how to dance for there are sufficient schools of dancing in every city and town where the latest steps can be learned quickly. If for any reason, a gentleman does not know how to dance, and does not want to learn, he may make up for it by entertaining the chaperons while their charges are dancing--conversing with them, walking about with them and escorting them to the refreshment table, and altogether show by his kind attentiveness that he realizes his deficiency and wishes to make up for it.
A subscription dance is given for the same reason that any other dance is given--to be surrounded by one's friends, to enjoy music and dancing, and generally to have a "good time" It is conducted very much on the order of the formal dance, except that it is semi-public and is usually held in a public hall. There is no host or hostess, of course; their place is held by an appointed committee or by the patronesses of the dance. They stand at the door of the ballroom to welcome guests, and they may either offer their hands or bow in greeting.