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Victorian Era Etiquette

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Kelsey Watson

on 13 February 2014

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Transcript of Victorian Era Etiquette

Victorian Era Etiquette

Childhood Manners
The life of a Victorian child was very different from the typical american child. They always had to greet the members of their family when entering a room. They could never talk back to people that were older than them, especially their parents. They were not allowed to whine or frown when they were having a conversation with their elders. They were never allowed to do something that was forbidden by their elders. They must do as they were told, and were not allowed to upset about it. They had to do it willingly. They would always have to stand when a visitor came into the room. They were not allowed to address a visitor unless the visitor had started a conversation. They were never allowed to interrupt a conversation. They were required to talk in a low even voice. They could never run across the room, or up and down the stairs. They had to keep themselves clean and neat at all times, and had to keep their fingernails clean, as well as keep their clothes brushed and in great shape.
Street Rules for Ladies
When crossing the street a lady had to use one hand to raise her dress slightly above the ankle and gathering up the rest of the dress in the right hand. Raising the dress further above the ankle is considered to be deeply wrong unless the lady was crossing over a mud puddle. A lady may never offer her hand out when greeting on the street. She must simply bow and say, “I am happy to make your acquaintance.” A lady must walk across the street quietly so as to not draw attention to herself. If a gentleman offers to help a lady cross the street the lady must graciously accept. A woman is never allowed to talk loudly or interrupt. She must instead quietly listen and can make small talk with others. A lady is never allowed to stare at any certain person and is never allowed to smoke whatsoever.

Street Rules For Gentleman

When a gentleman is walking down a sidewalk he stands closer to the road so the lady does not get injured. If a woman passes a man when he’s smoking he has to get rid of the cigar. In the daytime a gentleman should never offer a woman his arm unless going through a large crowd. A gentleman always tips his hat to greet a lady.

Dining Room Manners
Dining room manners for a lady were different from a man woman had to look presentable in favor of the men. Women were to make sure that the knives were sharp, they were also concerned about the linens cleanliness and the way the bread was cut. The salt had to look a certain way before the guests could come over. Men must be on time, when all of the guest arrived the host must lead the senior lady in his left arm into the dining room. All of the men must remain standing until all of the ladies are seated. All men are to take care of the woman on their left. The man must serve the lady no matter what. lead the lady out of the house with the left arm as well.
Children of Victorian
By Andrew,Rehema, Kelsey, Sam

Victorian children were treated as cheap labor. They were not thought to be worth time. Mining, factory work, street sweepers, clothing and hat makers, chimney sweeps, farming, textile mills, servants, and sadly, prostitution were the jobs they did. Life as a poor Victorian child was hard. However rich Victorian children were pampered and often spoiled. Sadly they were supposed to be seen not heard because children were considered often unimportant.







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