|"A good moral character is the first essential. It is highly important not only to be learned but to be virtuous." — George Washington|
A Happy 286th Birthday to George Washington!! Here at The Alcázar Gazette, we'll celebrate it by giving you yet another installment of "George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation"... featuring TWICE as many rules as we usually feature!
Previous installment in this series: George Washington's Rules of Civility, VI-X
XI. Shift not yourself in the sight of others nor gnaw your nails.
XII. Shake not the head, feet or legs, roll not the eyes, lift not one eyebrow higher than the other, wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your spittle, by approaching too near him when you speak.
XIII. Kill no vermin as fleas, lice, ticks, etc. in the sight of others. If you see any filth or thick spittle, put your foot dexterously upon it. If it be upon the clothes of your companions, put it off privately, and if it be upon your own clothes return thanks to him who puts it off.
XIV. Turn not your back to others especially in speaking, jog not the table or desk on which another reads or writes, lean not upon any one.
XV. Keep your nails clean and short, also your hands and teeth clean yet without showing any great concern for them.
XVI. Do not puff up the cheeks, loll out the tongue, rub the hands or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them, or keep the lips too open or too close.
XVII. Be no flatterer, neither play with any that delights not to be play'd withal.
XVIII. Read no letters, books, or papers in company but when there is a necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the books or writings of another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unask'd also look not nigh when another is writing a letter.
XIX. Let your countenance be pleasant but in serious matters somewhat grave.
XX. The gestures of the body must be suited to the discourse you are upon.
Next installment in this series: George Washington's Rules of Civility, XXI-XXV. (Stay tuned).