Courtesy


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Courtesy

Boy Scouts
youth organization, ever ready to perform good deeds. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 59]
Castiglione, Baldassare
(1478–1529) author of The Courtier, Renaissance bible of etiquette. [Ital. Lit.: Plumb, 316–319]
Dickon
one of “nature’s gentlemen.” [Children’s Lit.: The Secret Garden]
Post, Emily
(1873–1960) etiquette book author; preaches “consideration for others.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 277]
Shem and Japheth
cover father’s nakedness without looking at him. [O.T.: Genesis 9:23–27]
References in classic literature ?
No rentroll nor army-list can dignify skulking and dissimulation; and the first point of courtesy must always be truth, as really all the forms of good-breeding point that way.
The flower of courtesy does not very well bide handling, but if we dare to open another leaf and explore what parts go to its conformation, we shall find also an intellectual quality.
But I will neither be driven from some allowance to Fashion as a symbolic institution, nor from the belief that love is the basis of courtesy.
If the individuals who compose the purest circles of aristocracy in Europe, the guarded blood of centuries, should pass in review, in such manner as that we could at leisure and critically inspect their behavior, we might find no gentleman and no lady; for although excellent specimens of courtesy and high-breeding would gratify us in the assemblage, in the particulars we should detect offence.
Everything that is called fashion and courtesy humbles itself before the cause and fountain of honor, creator of titles and dignities, namely the heart of love.
Should you be so rigid in adhering to monastic rule,'' he added, ``as to prefer your acid preparation of milk, I hope you will not strain courtesy to do me reason.
I will spare your courtesy, Sir Knight,'' said Rowena with dignity, and without unveiling herself;
After a few potations, the waggish pair persuaded the exhilarated Frenchman that there was an inexcusable partiality in offering to one lady, and not extending a similar courtesy to another.
I didn't say a word, but with extreme courtesy, I may say with most refined courtesy, I reached my finger and thumb over towards the poodle, took it up delicately by the nape of the neck, and chucked it out of the window, after the cigar.
I will not rise, senor," answered the afflicted damsel, "unless of your courtesy the boon I ask is first granted me.
The distressed damsel strove with much pertinacity to kiss his hands; but Don Quixote, who was in all things a polished and courteous knight, would by no means allow it, but made her rise and embraced her with great courtesy and politeness, and ordered Sancho to look to Rocinante's girths, and to arm him without a moment's delay.
Your worship is mistaken, senor," said she; "for it is not two years since I set out from it, and though I never had good weather, nevertheless I am here to behold what I so longed for, and that is my lord Don Quixote of La Mancha, whose fame came to my ears as soon as I set foot in Spain and impelled me to go in search of him, to commend myself to his courtesy, and entrust the justice of my cause to the might of his invincible arm.