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Victorian etiquette test :)
« on: December 21, 2010, 05:42:51 AM »
Found this and had some fun with it http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/keys/games/game_0/ (pretty graphics also).  :)

Well, it seems that with my 21st century etiquette, I would have passed the Victorian "walk in the park" and "train travel" tests just fine... but boy, I'd have created scandal in a ballroom.  ;D It seems that Victorians did not believe in "dance as if no one could see you" and women dancing with each other- that was "scandalous". (Case in which I'm sooo glad I don't live in those times, as at the parties I attend it seems to happen all the time.) Also, a woman was not supposed to walk across the ballroom unattended. (Oh baby...)

What are your chances of etiquette survival in the 19th Century?
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010, 06:14:07 AM »
451 points... "Bravo! You are the picture of politeness!"

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Re: Victorian etiquette test :)
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010, 06:51:16 AM »
Thanks to my obsession with Pride and Prejudice, some etiquette seems to have rubbed off - 471/500 as a female. Some of the "rules" were confusing though - A man isn't meant to talk to you without an introduction, but it's okay for him to sit next to you on a train and chat?

461/500 as a man, but I'd definitely need some help dressing myself!

I ended up with a 442 - I did terribly on the train ones -especially that one about the stranger!

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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2010, 06:54:06 AM »
Cute! I got 471 as a lady, although I did not know how to conduct myself in the train's dressing room.

Also fell with men's fancy dress - the clothes didn't seem Victorian to me at all!

A gentlemen never refusing a lady's request should be brought back :)

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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2010, 08:02:57 AM »
Sadly, I did about 200 points better as a man than a woman, despite having read many a Victorian novel.
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Re: Victorian etiquette test :)
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2010, 08:21:16 AM »
461 - Picture of Politeness as a woman!! This is a fun game!
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2010, 09:15:23 AM »
970 total. Not too shabby. I like reading old etiquette books though.

It would be interesting if they created one for the 1950's era. The etiquette is often quite odd and funny.
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Re: Victorian etiquette test :)
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2010, 09:42:49 AM »
Where is the fifth place, I only saw 4 on the board (the park, the train station, the ballroom, and at home)?
The Gentlemen's Club was subbed for the park for the men.

I didn't look at my score, but I did get elevated to "The Picture of Politeness" as either gender. 8) My first attempt to dress as a man for the fancy ball got me carted off by aliens, and I was chased out of the club twice for improper dress - once by an angry butcher and then by an elephant. Ah well, if I were really Victorian upper crust, I'd have a valet to keep me from making such blunders, wouldn't I?  ;)
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2010, 09:59:18 AM »
Also fell with men's fancy dress - the clothes didn't seem Victorian to me at all!

"Fancy Dress Ball" is Victorian for "Costume Party" :)  So the clothes weren't meant to be your regular evening attire, as that would not be fancy dress. ;)

This was a fun little quiz, though!


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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2010, 10:07:24 AM »
This was a lot of fun, although I too found some of the rules strange (and I didn't always like the choices offered).

I scored 480/500, goofing up a few times as dinner-party hostess.

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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2010, 10:17:46 AM »
I got trown off by some because of the difference in today's manners.  Such as when meeting a gentleman for the first time you don't extend your hand.  I was taught that a lady always extends her hand first and hat men are not suppose to reach to shake hands first.  The head nod seems so dismissive.

But I still got the Picture of Politeness.
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Re: Victorian etiquette test :)
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2010, 10:37:53 AM »
I got 471/500 - train travel etiquette caught me out!

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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2010, 12:01:41 PM »
451 as a woman.  Missed the 'stranger on a train'-the 'strange man' part got me-didn't think women were supposed to talk to men before they were introduced-and the 'hostess' attire. 

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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2010, 12:11:40 PM »
Also fell with men's fancy dress - the clothes didn't seem Victorian to me at all!

"Fancy Dress Ball" is Victorian for "Costume Party" :)  So the clothes weren't meant to be your regular evening attire, as that would not be fancy dress. ;)

This was a fun little quiz, though!

Ah that explains it - I got the dress wrong for the  men & women for that one.  I did better with the men's overall though - 480 + 442 for the lady one = 922 total

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Re: Victorian etiquette test :)
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2010, 12:29:04 PM »
Blah blah blah, boing boing, weeeheh weeeheh.

So I think I've mastered Victorian conversation anyway  ;D

I got a 480 as female and a perfect 500 as the male. But that was by being completely dishonest about the activities taking place in the men's club.  You know durn well when he was talking about that lady of easy virtue you'd have pulled out your 'highly illegal French etchings.'  ;D
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