Wondering about manners
Posted by Kemi on April 02, 1998 at 13:05:55:
I'm having trouble understanding just what Jane Austen means by the term 'manners.' To me, manners are chewing with your mouth closed and not putting your elbows on the table, but JA obviously uses the term in a broader sense. In all her books, the question of whether or not someone has 'good manners' is of the highest import. Mr. Frank Churchill and Mr. Eliot are thought to have "very good manners," while Mrs. Bennet's are horrible. How you relate to and present yourself to others in society are definitely part of what 'manners' entail, but is there more? Was there some sort of defined standard for manners? Thanks!
- Shakespeare quote and pun on "manners" The Mysterious H.C. 15:36:50 4/03/98 (1)
- LOL! Bad manners=damnation - I wonder if JA would agree? ;-Dnfm Kemi 17:04:54 4/03/98 (0)
- Thanks for the clarification and book suggestion! ;-) nfm Kemi 08:54:14 4/03/98 (0)
- Lovely deportment JennieC 14:06:40 4/02/98 (0)
- Manners Jessamyn 13:29:55 4/02/98 (0)
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