Perfect Behavior

Perfect Behavior
A Guide for Ladies and Gentlemen in All Social Crises

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Perfect Behavior by Donald Ogden Stewart

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Perfect Behavior
A Guide for Ladies and Gentlemen in All Social Crises

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A parody outline of ettiquette.

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These rules, together with various amendments, now constitute the etiquette of courtship.

Suppose, for example, that you are a young gentleman named Richard Roe desirous of entering upon a formal courtship with some refined young girl of fashion. You are also, being a college graduate, engaged in the bond business. One morning there comes into your financial institution a young lady, named Dorothy Doe, who at once attracts your attention by her genteel manners, as exemplified by the fact that she calls the president of your company "father." So many young people seem to think it "smart" to refer to their parents as "dad" or "my old man"; you are certain, as soon as you hear her say "Hello, father" to your employer, that she is undoubtedly a worthy object of courtship.

CORRECT INTRODUCTIONS; HOW TO MAKE THEM

Your first step should be, of course, the securing of an introduction. Introductions still play an important part in social intercourse, and many errors are often perpetrated by those

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"Perfect Behavior" is an excruciatingly funny spoof of early 20th century manuals that detail how to achieve, well, perfect behavior. Stewart's genius is that he writes the idiotic scenarios in the book as though they were completely serious in nature, which makes them even funnier. A merry way to spend a couple of hours.