Social customs by Florence Howe HallSocial customs by Florence Howe Hall

Social customs

byFlorence Howe Hall

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V VISITING CARDS AND THEIR USES We do not often associate in our minds the famous Magna Charta of English history, the source of so great a part of our modern liberty, and the insignificant bits of pasteboard which constitute modern visiting cards. Nevertheless, they come from the same Greek root, signifying paper; or to speak more exactly, card is derived from charta (Greek iPrn':)-Thus the sword is beaten into the ploughshare, and the formal instrument for fettering the caprices of tyrants softens into the peaceful emblem of social recognition. In the ancient " cartel of defiance" we find a more directly hostile meaning to our word--with a slight change in its form--than in charter. A cartel means, among other things, a challenge to single combat. Ben Jonson says, " You shall cartel him." Where two strangers quarrel, the one who has reason to expect a challenge presents his opponent with his card, so that the latter may know where to find him,--a pleasant little courteous preliminary to the most polite form of murder, the duel. Under ordinary circumstances, however, the exchange of visiting cards is an eminently peaceful act, and would at the first blush seem to be a very simple affair. But with the perverse ingenuity in which the human mind delights, mankind, or rather womankind, has involved even this apparently innocent ceremony in a large amount of red tape and confusion. Nothing would appear to be simpler than for one neighbor to leave her card upon another; but it is just such apparently insignificant acts, such first steps, that have embroiled nations in countless wars. "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise cards to leave!" Joking aside, however, there are certain general principles which govern the making of visits, in c...
Title:Social customsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217049613

ISBN - 13:9780217049610