Etiquette is not only a series of rules and suggestions on how to behave, but a system of values whose aim is to teach us how to be pleasant company. In this treatise by Monsignor Giovanni Della Casa, one can find a veritable anthology of themes that were dear to Renaissance society: from the cult of beauty to the importance of discretion, from the sense of pleasure and breeding to the importance of having control over one’s instincts.
I repeat it again, therefore, that whatever happens it is very indecent for a man to discover his anger at table; and if he cannot entirely suppress his rage, he ought, at least, so far to check it, as not to give any uneasiness to the company; and more particularly ought you to guard against it, if you happen to have brought strangers to dine with you; because you are supposed to have invited them to a scene of pleasure, and therefore ought by no means to make them miserable.
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