Sunday, October 6, 2013

First Friday writing for Randos: Rules of civility

{First* Friday Writings for Randos - A monthly post that features pieces from other writers that touch some facet of the Randonneuring experience, even if that was not the author's intent. It's stuff that's best read out loud - slowly.} This month it's an excerpt from:

Rules of Civility
by George Washington

1st     Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are Present. 

2d     When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body not usually discovered.

3d         Show nothing to your friend that may affright him.

4th       In the presence of others, sing not to yourself with a humming noise nor drum with your fingers or feet.

5th        If you cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do it not loud but privately; and speak not in your yawning, but put your handkerchief or hand before your face and turn aside.

6th      Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you should hold your peace, walk not on when others stop.

7th       Put not off your clothes in the presence of others, nor go out your chamber half dressed.

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