Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Paris Fashions in Gloves

Hi, it's Etta Kit again!

And since Charlie Chan is in Paris, I can't resist bringing you what Miss Manners, Ms. Judith Martin, has to say on Paris Fashions . . . specifically those sexy things, long gloves!

[What man could resist a woman who knows her gloves . . . and knows even better how to show off taking them off!!]



"Eighteen-Button Gloves
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"DEAR MISS MANNERS:
What are 'eighteen-button gloves'?
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"GENTLE READER:
Those are white gloves that come above the elbow and make a riveting show when the wearer slowly peels them off before she can take a drink. They are called 'eighteen-button' because they have three pearl buttons at each wrist.
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"DEAR MISS MANNERS:
No doubt this is a stupid question, and I am demonstrating my unfitness for respectable society but WHY doesn't a pair of eighteen-button gloves have eighteen buttons on it, or even eighteen buttons a glove, for a grand total of thirty-six?
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"GENTLE READER:
Yes, indeed, this is a silly question, because everybody knows that there are buttons and buttons, and while eighteen-button gloves have three small pearl buttons each at the musketeer (which everyone knows is the opening at the wrist), there are, indeed, eighteen buttons on each in length. That button is a standard of measurement of approximately one inch. The approximate part is because it is a French standard of measurement.
"If you begin measuring at the base of the thumb, you will find that four-button gloves end about the wrist, eight-button below the elbow, ten-button about the elbow, and twenty-six, the longest, up to the armpit. Naturally, this system only comes out right on French arms.
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"Dear Miss Manners:
Since we are geared into high fashion now, what about the etiquette of gloves? A lady with standards shouldn't take off her gloves when shaking hands, should she?
"GENTLE READER:
Indeed not, unless she is a lady subject to uncontrollable bursts of enthusiasm for direct human contact, in which case Miss Manners prefers the naked handshake to the promiscuous and noisy kissing of near strangers. Truly unforgivable behavior when wearing gloves consists of eating, drinking, smoking and saying 'Pardon my glove.'
"Gentlemen remove their gloves when shaking hands. Please do not expect Miss Manners to justify this discrepancy on any basis of logic, morality or equal opportunity."
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(Judith Martin, "Miss Manners(R) Guide to Excrutiatingly Correct Behavior", Warner Books, 1982, New York, page 546.)
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[I hope to see you all next Monday Night Chat Room (8:00 to 10:00 P.M. EST) at www.charliechan.info for Charlie Chan in Paris!]

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