The Gentleman's Page: A Practical Guide for the 19th Century Man

“A gentleman should always walk around a lady’s train and never attempt to step over it. If by accident he should tread upon her dress, he should beg her pardon, and if by greater awkwardness he should tear it, he must offer to escort her to the dressing room so that it may be repaired.” (Rules of Etiquette & Home Culture, 1886.) —The Gentleman’s Page: A Practical Guide for the 19th Century Man