Great Honore de Balzac in one of his novels, depicts depreciation made by a wealthy flamboyant young man and his fancy horse. With his color, figure and attitude, the horse was so provocative that even the man’s girl thought that the horse was an attack on a good taste.
Today we rarely see a horse on the street, but this introduction is not about horses but the point is that we should not attract attention of others neither with attitude, nor with clothes or appearance. This should be the first and foremost rule when walking down the street in order to avoid the staring looks.
Although today in the modern world we try to break the rules of the ordinary, sometimes it is nice to follow the rules. Manners and etiquette are having it’s revival, believe it or not.
In this article we will bring you several nice rules on how to walk the street when in the company of someone, being it a woman or a man.
Some of the rules mentioned below are self-explanatory but we should mention them none the less.
- While walking down the street you should walk on the right side.
- No need to mention but if you have an umbrella with you, you should not swing with it. You never know who you might hit and hurt.
- Do not throw cigarette buds or small paper on the pavement. Find a trash can.
- If a woman accidentally drops something be a gentleman and pick it up for her.
- Do not stare at people, some might find it intrusive.
- Never call out loudly in public unless it is an absolute emergency.
- Spiting is strictly forbidden.
Walking in the company of a woman
If you are walking down a street in the company of a woman or a man know that the right side is honorary side. You will let a woman walk on the right side of you or a man if he is a senior person. In this way we honor them.
This custom dates from the middle ages when knights wore the sword on the left side keeping the right side free, since the right arm was “fighting arm”.
In some Scandinavian countries they follow the opposite rule. A woman should walk on the left side, “the side of the heart”.
A woman should always walk on the “protected side”, it being left or right, if she is exposed to some unpleasantness. For example if the road is filled with water ponds she might get splashed from passing by cars. This is why you should walk on the outer side of the pavement, no matter if it’s left or right.
If you are entering a cab, and plan to sit on the back seat, apologize to the lady and enter first. In this case you will squeeze yourself through and let the lady enter easily after you. In this case you will spare her squeezing through the back seats to sit on the outer side. To avoid this situation you can open the doors for her, let her in, close them, and walk over to the other side and enter inside the cab.
When exiting a cab be the first one out and offer your hand to the woman with you.
When entering some premises men should enter first, since this premise are unknown territory. When leaving, open the door for the woman and let her out first.
The three of you
The order changes if there are three of you that walk the street. If there are two men walking the street with a woman, she should walk in the middle.
If you are the youngest person you should walk on the outer, unprotected side.
In the company of the two men, the most senior one walks in the middle.
If you are in the company of two ladies, you should walk in the middle, but only till the moment the the rain starts to fall. Then you should open your umbrella and hold it above them, even if you get wet.