Quotation by for the State of Rhode Island

Fashion required the suppression of all naturalness—'to walk upright, with unbending joints; to shake hands after the pump- handle formula; to look inexpressibly indifferent towards everybody and everything; and speak only in a mincing voice was to be a decorous member of society.'
For the State of Rhode Island, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest State (The WPA Guide to Rhode Island), p. 210, Houghton Mifflin (1937).

On Newport society at the end of the 18th century.
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