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Of inestimable utility to Mr. Salteena in his pursuit of Ethel Monticue,
This review is from: Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades and Horrible Blunders (Hardcover)
Josephine Ross has had the good idea of establishing a particular code of polite conduct and intercourse from the novels and the letters of Jane Austen to her niece. Although in the social circles where it applied it was facilitated by a much stronger sense of hierarchy than exists today, it eased the path of acquaintance, prevented unfortunate mal entendus, and arguably allowed for a much more genuine expression of affection or dislike than is possible in our egalitarian, demotic era. It was certainly far less mechanical or hypocritical than it became when ritualised for the emerging middle classes at the zenith of Edwardian mores. As always elegantly written, amusing and perceptive, this book is wonderfully enhanced by the delicate charm of Henrietta Webb's very witty coloured illustrations.
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