IN presence of others, sing not to yourself, nor drum with your fingers or feet.
Sit not when others stand; walk not when others stop; speak not when you should hold your peace.
Turn not your back to others, especially in speaking; jog not the table or desk on which another reads, writes or works; lean not on any one.
When another speaks be attentive.
Eat not with greediness; lean not on the table; neither find fault with what you eat.
When you speak of God be serious.
Honor and obey your parents.
Play not the peacock, looking everywhere about you to see if your shoes fit well, if your stockings set neatly and clothe yourself simple.
George Washington's Rules
A Fictional Short Story by
Agnes Taylor Ketchum & Ida M. Jorgensen