Tuesday, July 23, 2013

George Washington's Rules #8

Sorry I missed a couple of weeks. Here is Rule #8 and it's translation:

 8thAt Play and at Fire its Good manners to Give Place to the last Commer, and affect not to Speak Louder than Ordinary.

In other words, If you are playing a game (thinking something like Ping Pong, Volley Ball, Croquet, where only so many people can play) or warming yourself at the fire and someone arrives after you, it is good manners to step back and let them play the next game, or warm themselves at the fire, and speak civilly to them or in their presence.

My sense is that this was a rule for showing class and politeness even in the presence of one's "enemy", or someone whose company you did not like or did not prefer. This shows you to be a noble man of character. 

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