Good manners can bring moments of stiffness, yet it’s a wise alternative to war. If nations could conduct themselves with the dignity of civil people who don’t like each other, certainly we would all be much better off.
And afterwards, even in surroundings that made one uneasy, one can still find memories of something that was fine or noble. The tea things on the table, the beautiful lush design of the chair, the attire of one who sits stiffly, all have a dignity and calm that bespeaks something wonderful and self-managing.
[Top of the post: A Woman in an Interior, by Aletha Kuschan, oil on panel]