Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock (1869 - 1944) had some amusing opinions concerning social introductions according to the recognized formulas of the day.
"With the approach of the winter season, conversation as an art is again in order. It is a thing that we all need to consider. Some of us are asked out to dinner merely because we talk. Others, chiefly because we do not. It is a matter in which we can help one another. Let us discuss it..."
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