Literary Terms Eighteenth Century Prose Eighteenth century period is supposed to be very fertile period in the development of prose work. The writer slowly turned into reasonable things.
Used in context, people said: To be sure, Husband, you know these matters better than I. I am glad to see you, Cousin. Addressing a visitor as Friend was acceptable.
Step-relations and in-laws often addressed one another as if they were blood kin. Thus, step-brothers could address one another as Brother, as could brothers-in-law.
Mother Nelson, Father Page. Young children also addressed their parents as Papa and Mama. Daughters, at least, continued to address their fathers as Daddy and Papa, even after marriage.
Father seems to have been the form used by older boys and men. At least one young Virginia boy called his grandfather Grandpapa. A good day to you, Sir or A good morning to you, Robin or any nickname were used informally by the gentry and were more likely than the abbreviated forms above to be used by the middling sort and lower in addressing the gentry as well as each other.
How do you do? It survives in the now-casual "How 'ya doin'? Sometimes an inquiry after the family of the person addressed was used alone as a greeting: How do you do, Mr.
I'm right heartily glad to see you. How does your father, old fellow? How does all at home?
Your servant, or variations such as Your humble servant and Your most obedient servant, were also polite greetings among the gentry and middling sorts.
This greeting originated as a form of gracious condescension. It would have been redundant, and therefore impertinent, for a white person of low status, a servant, or a slave to address his superior in this fashion.
A member of the gentry and a prosperous middle-class person, however, might each have used this expression to address the other: Sir, I am your most obedient servant.
I am heartily glad to see you. Sir, your humble servant.
I'm very glad to see you. Sir, I am yours. How does your family? All of the above greetings were commonly used by gentlemen. Ladies used How do you do? Ladies appear to have been more likely to have used I am glad to see you, rather than right heartily glad or heartily glad. They also appear to have used the Your servant type of greeting with less frequency than did gentlemen.
Of course, Good day was an acceptable greeting for both ladies and gentlemen. The most common form of genteel farewell seems to have been of the your servant variety and appears to have been used by the middling sorts and above. Again, the second party returned the civility: Your servant could be expanded to Your humble servant, Your obedient servant, or if you wanted to be really subservient Your most obedient and humble servant.
A signal for departure used mainly by gentlemen with their social equals was By your leave, sometimes varied to With your permission: The gentry and higher social ranks also employed French phrases at times in conversation, and Adieu was used as a sort of breezy farewell among friends or family.
Acceptable to all genders and stations were variations on Good day: For those of you who find the phrase irritating, it may be a comfort to know that "Have a nice day" did not originate in the s; it has its roots in the civil Good day to you of earlier centuries.English Literature I. Module Transitions to Romanticism.
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