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WHEN TO SHAKE HANDS
When gentlemen are introduced to each other they always shake hands.
When a gentleman is introduced to a lady,
she sometimes puts out her hand—especially if he is some one she has long heard about from friends in common,
but to an entire stranger she generally merely bows her head slightly and says: “How do you do!”
Strictly speaking, it is always her place to offer her hand or not as she chooses,
but if he puts out his hand, it is rude on her part to ignore it.
Nothing could be more ill-bred than to treat curtly any overture made in spontaneous friendliness.
No thoroughbred lady would ever refuse to shake any hand that is honorable,
not even the hand of a coal heaver at the risk of her fresh white glove.
Those who have been drawn into a conversation do not usually shake hands on parting.
But there is no fixed rule. A lady sometimes shakes hands after talking with a casual stranger;
at other times she does not offer her hand on parting from one who has been punctiliously presented to her.
She may find the former sympathetic and the latter very much the contrary.