Diane Kalas, Inspirational Historical Romance Author

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

19th CENTURY ETIQUETTE - HOW A LADY SHOULD SPEAK OF HER HUSBAND

Diane's Antique Book Collection


The Art of Conversing with Fluency and Propriety 

How a lady should speak of her husband.- A lady should not say “my husband,” except among intimates; in every other case she should address him by his name, calling him “Mr.” It is equally proper, except on occasions of ceremony, and while she is quite young, to designate him by his Christian name.

            Never use the initial of a person’s name to designate him; as “Mr. P.,” “Mr. I.,” etc. Nothing is so odious as to hear a lady speak of her husband, or, indeed, any one else, as “Mr. B.”

Thornwell, Emily, THE LADY’S GUIDE TO COMPLETE ETIQUETTE, New York, Belford, Clarke & Company, 1884

 

1 comment:

Mocha with Linda said...

That is one practice I'm glad we've dropped!