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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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Rules to be observed in walking with Persons of Honour; and how you ought to behave your self in congratulating and condoling them.

If you walk in a Gallery, Chamber, or Garden, be sure to keep the left hand; and without affectation or trouble to the Lady, recover that side every turn. If you make up the third in your walk, the middle is the most honourable place, and belongs to the best in the company; the right hand is next, and the left in the lowest estimation. If the Lady with whom you walk, hath a desire to sit down, to the intent she may repose her self; if you pretend any difference between persons, it would be very ridiculous and slighting to leave her to her rest, whilst you continue walking on.

| | 54 If you understand a person for whom you have any difference or respect, meets with a subject or occasion of rejoycing or sorrowing; Civility requires you so to conform your self that this Lady may be full perswaded of your affection, and how much you are concerned in all her affairs; and as your Countenances, so ought your Habit testifie the sentiment of your heart, as well as words and actions. How preposterous would it appear to the meanest capacity, for any out of a ridiculous non-conformity, who hearing of some joyful and successful accident which hath befaln some Noble Family of his or her acquaintance, repair thither with all the symptoms of sorrow and melancholy in the Countenance; and on the contrary, if it be in mourning, or under any eminent affliction, to express all the signs of joy and satisfaction?

And now since I have toucht on Clothes? I think this a fit place to give you an account of what kind of Habit is most necessary for a civil, sober, and modest conversation.

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