Colonial Manners BY: C. dawson bailey

Tired of following manners? Well in colonial times everybody from young to old had to follow 110 different manners! Today we are going to talk about colonial manners. From positions you had to be in, to the styles of clothing you had to wear and just plain old respect. All these manners were important to the style of life in colonial times.


In colonial times there were many manners. But positions were some of the most important manners in colonial times. For example you could only move in gestures appropriate to the conversation. This meant if you weren't talking about god you probably shouldn't be gesturing to the sky. Another example is that you couldn't cross your legs when others were around. You couldn't even put your hands to close to chin! Those were some of the positions in colonial times that you could and couldn't do.


In colonial times position wasn't the only colonial important manner, style was, too. Style may not sound like a manner, but in colonial times, oh it was! Based on what I read, I know you had to keep your nails tidy that may not sound too hard, but here's the trick. You couldn't show you were worried about them. If you know anything about colonial dress you should know they wore five no eight layers of clothing and you couldn't enter the main room without your jacket on. Imagine what that would be like, it's a hot summer day and you have all those jackets on and you can't even take one off! Those rules were very important to the colonial way of life.


Now here comes the big daddy of manners, respect. Respect was one of the most strict and important manners to the colonial lifestyle. One example is you could never warm any part of your at a fire or spit in it especially if there is meat above the fire. Of course you could never look away from another when they are speaking, and you couldn't use another's reading or writing desk for your own purpose. Here comes one pretty strict rule: you always, had to show at least some empathy or feel a little bad for captured criminals even if they, for example, murdered your wife, son, brother or sister or any family member or friend! In colonial times respect was no joke as you can see, it made many peoples life whole for some weird reason.


Many manners colonial manners are like manners today. In a way the empathy rule has survived to this day as well as the clothing and gesturing rule (find in paragraphs 2-4), and in many ways they haven't. In conclusion you may not like manners but you should be happy that you don't have to follow 110 manners (laws)!


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