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Similarly the nature of actual gifts: their seemliness, whether they indicate a miserly or extravagant suitor, whether they adequately express a sentiment or status.
This viewpoint has a lot to commend it--not the least that it forces the historian to appreciate the world from the perspective of eighteenth-century w omen--but Vickery's conclusions would have been even more satisfactory if she had given more thought to the mental as opposed to physical limits imposed by the quest for seemliness. Overall though, this is a charmingly challenging study.
Of the three, Puttenham is the most conscious of this issue, filling the long chapter he devotes to decorum with examples in which, almost invariably, a social inferior violates the boundaries of seemliness and is then corrected by a social superior, often a ruler.
Justice McClung fought back in the editorial pages of the National Post and the battle rages on, not only about the nature of sexual relations between men and women but also, now, about the role of judges, their impartiality, the seemliness of their response to criticism and their appointment process.
No one worried, in sixteenth-century Poland, about the seemliness of men addressing another man in such words, or recoiled from the thought of singing with love to the dead.
The author argues that her book is 'a study in seemliness; a reconstruction of the penalties and possibilities of lives lived within the bounds of propriety.' The world she recreates - the world of provincial society in the North of England - is, she argues, far wider than many, including the more doctrinaire Feminists, would have us believe.
Thus Mamiminbin's path through the closed space of the epic that sings of the quest for a wife is none other than a rite of passage, an initiation: he evolves from ill manners to good manners, from impropriety to seemliness, according to the Palawan code of ethics, speech and behavior, as expressed in etiquette.
William Graham Sumner's 1906 Folkways,(95) for example, treated the end of public punishment as part of a much grander nineteenth-century evolution toward public "seemliness" and "decency":
Local news broadcasts reported the unveiling of the plaque with seemliness, yet their constant proclivity to quote a few lines of a (constantly misinterpreted) early poem by Brodsky tended instead toward the maudlin.
The kids, and teary nuns, combine hothouse ardor with seemliness.
The old man preaches love for all of God's creation and the need for all men to strive for seemliness in their relations with themselves and one another.
After Young died, the national and state Democratic parties moved with more dispatch than seemliness. With a robust disregard for traditional niceties, they moved Sink into the 13th District.