The Polite Pupil
First printed in 1905.
From the Preface:
With pleasure we present this little book to Christian educators, to be placed in the hands of their pupils. The compilations of the work has been a labor of love, growing out of experience, and prompted by the earnest desire of seeing our Catholic pupils stand in the foremost rank among the cultured and refined of our times.
It is not, indeed, an exhaustive treatise on social forms and rules of etiquette, for the use of those that move in the exclusive circles of high society, but rather a compendium of seeming trifles: a multitude of little things regarding the look, the tone of voice, a charitable act, or a proof of self-denial or humility, a token of satisfaction or of gratitude, a kind and loving word. These may appear trifles if considered singly; but, taken collectively, they are the essentials of perfection, the ornaments of virtue--true politeness.
140 page book. SB.