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Not honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is then the standard of behavior.
During a three day spree Metzengerstein "out-Heroded Herod," engaging in "shameful debaucheries - flagrant treacheries - unheard-of atrocities" which demonstrate that "no punctilios of conscience" checked "the remorseless fangs of" this "petty Caligula"(95).
But [he goes on to say] though you should teach your children to be mannerly, I Don't mean, that they should spend all or a great part of their time, in nicely, curiously, critically observing those various, changeable, ceremonious, punctilios of carriage, which some very foolishly affect: this would be time very sinfully spent.