DON'T slouch in the chair, resting
an elbow on the table and leaning against it.
Sit up straight, yet be relaxed.
DON'T sit on edge of the chair.
Place yourself in the centre of the seat.
DON'T twiddle your thumbs, playing
with the plates, touching the hair or any such
gestures while waiting for the courses to be
DON'T talk with a full mouth.
DON'T load the plate with very
large portions of food.
DO be polite giving attention to
persons sitting on either side even if one holds
more interest than the other.
DO replace the serving spoon
neatly, after serving oneself, for the
convenience of the next person to be served.
DO ask politely, at a sit-down
meal, if one feels the need for anything at the
table, to be passed to you; instead of reaching
for it across the table with an out stretched
DO One should neither eat too fast
nor too slow. A medium pace would enable
everyone to finish eating at the same time. Food
should be eaten silently and without the clatter
of the cutlery on the plate.
DO remove an unwanted object from
the mouth (fish bone or a fruit seed) as deftly
as possible. Don't put your hand into your
mouth, in full view.
DO use a toothpick, should
something get stuck in the mouth, in the privacy
of cupping one hand around the mouth. The
toothpick should be snapped into two after use,
to prevent its accidental use by another person.