August 13th, 2009

Space Cadet

Not That Long Ago, Not That Far Away

Gallant (adj.) -- Courteously attentive especially to women; chivalrous.

From The Complete Bachelor, written by Walter Germain and published in 1896:

"In a crowded car, ferryboat, or stage, it is yet a mooted question as to
whether or not a man should give up his seat to a woman. In theory he
should, but there are circumstances under which he may be pardoned. To a
refined or delicate lady, to an old or an enfeebled woman, or one
burdened with bundles or with a baby in the arms, the answer to this
should be a decided affirmative. In the South, this gallant action is
universally practiced, except when the woman is a negress. In public
conveyances a man should sit to the right of a woman."

I don't care how long ago this was written, it makes my blood boil. It makes me want to go back in time and whack this guy upside the head with a clue-by-four.

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