Emily’s Post

DON’T ATTRACT ATTENTION

The most important rules of behavior in the street are those against doing things that are conspicuous (James – read on!).

All people in the streets, or anywhere in public, should be careful not to talk too loudly (clearly she has never been to Brooklyn). They should especially avoid pronouncing people’s names, or making personal remarks that may attract passing attention or give a clue to their identity (…and clearly she has never met a theater major).

There is nothing that stamps the vulgarian more than advertising his possessions or achievements by loud word of mouth – anywhere! Not to attract attention to oneself in public is one of the fundamental rules of good breeding (yes, just like Palaminos).  Shun a loud voice, staring at people, knocking into them, talking across anyone; in a word, do not attract attention to yourself (I’m not sure what that means, but I’m pretty sure its just as rude as being loud). Do not expose your private affairs, feelings or innermost thoughts in public. You are knocking down the walls of you house when you do.

One should never call out a name in public, unless it is absolutely unavoidable. A young girl who was separated from her friends in a baseball crowd had the presence of mind to take off her hat and hold it above the people surrounding her so that her friends might find her.

Moral of story: Wear more hats.

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Emily’s Post

  1. That guy in the Bronx should have read this…

    “YO, FRANK!”

  2. found this book at an estate sale a while ago…
    like gold pouring from the pages eh?
    if you need me I’ll be over there, holding my hat in the air.

  3. I was actually going to recommend that you stop exposing your private affairs to people at the atrium, but Ms. Post said it much more eloquently than I could have.

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