How to avoid being rude (according to 100-year-old etiquette rules)

Not eating the last piece of pie would have hugely insulted your friends in 1905

Miss Manners
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According to etiquette books of the past, it was pretty easy to be offensive. To show you were of good breeding, you had to adhere to strict parameters surrounding speech, behavior, dress, and eating. Some of those mores were so detailed and odd that they are absolutely foreign to us now. At any rate, by the standards of 100 years ago, you are an incredibly rude person.

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