1872 – What Constitutes Good Society?

What constitutes good society? Well, in 1872 England the requisites of good society are listed in “The Habits of Good Society: A Handbook for Ladies and Gentlemen.”  They are: Good breeding, which is acquired by being taught by nurses, parents, tutors, school fellows, and friends. Education not from just finishing schools, universities or boarding schools, but education that gives you mental powers and comprehension. Cultivation of taste, referring to the arts and music and being well versed in the subject. Reason so that you are able to reply as well as to attend to the opinions of others. The art of speech, expressing self by the written word and using proper grammar and syntax. A knowledge of English literature deemed important to be well rounded so you can converse expertly on history, politics, and every other subject or current interest. Moral character because without morality society will shun you. “Society itself Read More