No schlumping, slouching, slurping, or sassing--manners matter! Now, of course, not everyone was brought up with all the same expectations or types of social engagements, so whether invited to a ball, a fancy dinner party, or a formal duel, it’s best to know the rules of the game so as not to lose before you start. And yes, all of those forks have a specific function.
Are your manners impeccable and you are choosing to pass down to knowledge to someone in need
Whether you’re teaching beforehand, or it’s sink-or-swim within the situation itself, all eyes will be on you. Hang on to those handkerchiefs and ready the boutineers--we’re going formal.
HOW TO PLAY
- Post with your character and their canon, as well as what role you’d prefer [Teacher/Student].
- Specify preferences, if any. (ex. cast only, shipping/not, etc.)
- Tag others
SITUATIONS & AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Balls / Dancing: There is a dance party coming up, and it would be unacceptable to be a wallflower. Court dance? Classic cotillion? Debutante ball? Better be sure you know all the latest moves and don’t have two left feet.
Dinner / Eating: Eating seems like such a simple thing, and then you realize there are so many ways you can do this wrong. Not sure where to even start on a 22-course molecular gastronomy meal? Pretty sure all those spoons will do the same thing? Are people messing with you when they say to eat that will your hands? Better learn, or you’re going to be hungry and embarrassed.
Duels / Rules of Engagement: A fight has been arranged, and of course there are rules to these things. How many paces must you walk? What spells are not acceptable? Do you even know how to hold a sword? Let’s hope you can learn before you might die.
Outings / Courtship: If someone is going to be taken to a fine establishment they had better know how they are expected to behave. Is it okay to yell during a horse race? When is it appropriate to clap during the ballet or an opera? How much are you expected to bring in tip money? And if you have to ask how much it is, you probably can’t afford it.
Politics / Cultural Differences: You’re going international, and it just quite possible everything you know about not offending someone is wrong. What is the correct angle for a bow? Are there any gifts that could come off as insulting to the recipient’s mother? Can you even speak first in this situation? Avoid international incident at all cost
Attire / Getting Dressed: Depending on where you’re going, they might not even let you through the door if you’re not dressed for the occasion. Can you get away with “dressing up” a pair of jeans? Can you walk or breathe adequately in that gown? Are you so blindly aware of what a mistake it is that you’ve picked something out in last season’s colors? First impressions are important, darling, so dress for it.
Parties / NIGHTMARE MODE: Parties are a culmination of all the possible ways in which you can either charm the masses or mess things up so horribly that you might actually have to change your name. Possibly your country of residence, depending. Good luck and godspeed.
Twilight Zone / Manners Reversal: Bringing someone with excellent manners and formal modes of behavior into a more casual or blue-collar situation can yield hilarious results. They will probably not thank you for it, though.
Wildcard: Literally any other fancy situation, these suggestions were just if you had no clue where to start~!