Rules for Behaviour
Enter not into the Company of Superiors
without command of calling; nor without a
Sit not down in presence of Superiors without
Put not thy hand in the presence of others
to any part of thy body, not ordinarily discovered.
Sing not nor hum in thy mouth while thou
art in company.
Play not wantonly like a Mimick with thy
Fingers or Feet.
Stand not wriggling with thy body hither
and thither, but steddy and upright.
In coughing or sneesing make as little noise
If thou cannot avoid yawning, shut thy Mouth
with thine Hand or Handkerchief before it,
turning thy Face aside.
When thou blowest thy Nose, let thy Handkerchief
be used, and make not a noise in so doing.
Gnaw not thy Nails, pick them not, nor bite
them with thy teeth.
Spit not in the Room, but in a corner, and
rub it out with thy Foot, or rather go out
and do it abroad.
Lean not upon the Chair of a Superior, standing
Spit not upon the fire, nor sit too wide
with thy Knees at it.
Sit not with thy legs crossed, but keep
them firm and setled, and thy Feet even.
Turn not thy back to any, but place thyself
conveniently, that none be behind thee.
Read not Letters, Books, nor other Writings
in Company, unless there be necessity, and
thou ask leave.
Touch not nor look upon the Books or Writings
of any one, unless the Owner invite or desire
Come not near when another reads a Letter
Let thy Countenance be moderately chearful,
neither laughing nor frowning.
Laugh not aloud, but silently Smile upon
Walking with thy Superior in the house or
Garden, give him the upper or righthand,
and walk not just even with him cheek be
joll, but a little behind him, yet not so
distant as that it shall be troublesome to
him to speak to thee, or hard for thee to
Look not boldly or willfully in the Face
of thy Superior.
To look upon one in company and immediately
whisper to another is unmannerly.
Stand not before Superiors with thine hands
in thy pockets, scratch not thy Head, wink
not with thine Eyes, but thine Eyes modestly
looking straight before thee, and thine Hands
Be not among Equals froward and fretful,
but gentle and affable.
Whisper not in company.