Following on from my previous post on this topic, five pieces of advice might not be entirely sufficient to carry you through all the perilous social situations which could arise in Regency ‘polite’ society.
So, just to help you out, here are five more import pieces of Regency etiquette:
- A gentleman would never, ever smoke in front of a lady.
- However, please note, that you don’t actually ‘smoke’ tobacco. Instead, you ‘drink’ it. Also, cigars don’t exist yet. Your choice would be between a pipe and snuff. However, you might see some men returning from the Peninsular War with the habit of smoking ‘cigarillos’, which are like mini-cigars.
- As well as this, if you were mingling at a party, you wouldn’t hold your glass by the stem. Instead, you would balance it on the palm of your hand.
- If your etiquette is good enough to see you invited to a dinner party, don’t get carried away by all the dishes on the table. You should only take from two or three of them and leave the rest.
- And, should anything take your fancy at the other end of the table, don’t ask a guest to pass it across to you. Send a servant!
And don’t worry, I’ll be back with more helpful hints soon!