The Masculine Graces: Chivalry Part 2

Cherished readers, let us celebrate the fact that today is Friday by taking a look at Part 2 of my chivalry series. The Lady Hooper-Brackett hopes that it will inspire you this weekend. The Lady was most distressed to read this article whilst browsing as she enjoyed her cup of tea. One sincerely hopes that chivalry is most certainly getting all of the resuscitation efforts that can be mustered.

To continue on with our look at the Gentlemanly Art of Chivalry:

A gentleman may order for a lady if they are out to dinner. I find this to be such a nice old-fashioned custom (I happen to like old fashioned things). The lady glances at the menu, makes her selection, tells her escort what she would like and he orders for her.

When going to a movie, concert , or theater, a gentleman allows the lady to go first when going into the row of seats.

While walking together on a sidewalk, a gentleman places himself on the side that abuts the street.

Gentlemen remove their hats while indoors.

Gentlemen open car doors for their ladies. Ahh, the Lady does so love this. Lord Hooper-Brackett does this when we go out and even though we have been together for many years, it still makes me smile.

It is exceedingly gentlemanly to be sure that all ladies are served first if you are the host and passing drinks, appetizers, etc.

And there you have some more on the subject of chivalry…and I am quite sure I will have more to say on this subject.

Best Mannerly Wishes,

The Lady Hooper-Brackett

The Masculine Graces: Chivalry Part 1

Cherished readers, The Lady Hooper-Brackett is blessed to be surrounded by male friends and family members who have learned and developed their skills as chivalric men. Now, whether this is due to fear of offending the Lady Hooper-Brackett, I cannot say, however I have heard others give them compliments on their manners, so I am hopeful they are chivalric because it is the correct and mannerly thing to do.

So…what are some chivalric habits of the cultivated male? We will be looking at these habits this week. To start, we will look at these few:

Gentlemen should rise when a lady enters or leaves the room. This rule of chivalry extends to ladies also when an older person of some person of great esteem enters and leaves.

Gentlemen should open doors for ladies. I can hear the groans from the independent factions of females who feel they do not need a man to do this for them. To this I say: Let the gentleman be gentlemanly and open your door. You merely have to utter the words “Thank you” when he does so. It is a nicety. Let him be nice and let you be gracious in accepting the niceness.

Gentlemen should give up their seats on public conveyances to ladies. He should also assist with any packages or luggage she might be trying to stow. I realize there are some women who think they can handle things fine. Just accept the courtesy shown to you. Remember that the etiquette is to make everyone feel at ease. He is trying to put you at ease. Your refusal, righteous indignation, anger, offense etc…will not put him at ease, nor will it put the spectators around you at ease.

Should a gentleman ask a lady for a date or to accompany him to some entertainment, he picks up the tab. I should say that this is also a vice-versa situation. If the lady asks, she pays.

We will look at more situtations tomorrow….

Best Chivalry Wishes,

The Lady Hooper-Brackett