Monday, April 01, 2013


Do Not Wag Your Breech

Adam Petrie, Rules of Good Deportment, or of Good Breeding. For the Use of Youth (1720), rpt. in The Works of Adam Petrie, the Scotish Chesterfield (Edinburgh: Scotish Literary Club, 1877), pp. 6-7:
A Gentleman ought not to run or walk too fast in the Streets, lest he be suspected of going a Message; nor ought his Pace to be too slow; nor must he take large Steps, nor too stiff and stately, nor lift his Legs too high, nor stamp hard on the Ground; neither must he swing his Arms backward and forward, nor must he carry his Knees too close, nor must he go wagging his Breech, nor with his Feet in a straight Line, but with the Inside of his Feet a little out; nor with his Eyes looking down, nor too much elevated, nor looking hither and thither, but with a sedate Countenance.
Id., p. 20:
It is unmannerly to bite your Lip or Nail, pick your Teeth or Nose, to scratch or make Faces, rowl your Tongue in your Mouth, wink with your Eyes, rub your Hands, clack your Fingers, shrug your Shoulders, look morosely, arrogantly or scornfully, to right your Garters or Buckles, or put off your Periwig, or comb your Head, or put off your Shoes or Boots, or appear in your Slippers or Night-gown, Cloak or big Coat, before your Superior....It is rude in Company to break Wind any Manner of Way, tho amongst Inferiors.

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