Quotation by Mrs. H. O. Ward

A master or mistress should refrain from speaking to their servants at dinner, let what will go wrong. Care should be taken that they wear thin-soled shoes, that their steps may be noiseless.... A good servant ... avoids coughing, breathing hard, or treading on a lady's dress; never lets any article drop, and deposits plates, glasses, knives, forks and spoons noiselessly. It is now considered good form for a servant not to wear gloves in waiting at table, but to use a damask napkin, with one corner wrapped around the thumb, that he may not touch the plates and dishes with the naked hand.
Mrs. H. O. Ward (1824–1899), U.S. author. Sensible Etiquette of the Best Society Customs, Manners, Morals, and Home Culture, Compiled from the Best Authorities, ch. 5 (1878).
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