Shaking hands

Gentlemen always shake hands when they are introduced to each other.

Ladies rarely do so with gentlemen who are introduced to them; but they usually shake hands with other ladies, if they are standing near together.

All people who know each other, unless merely passing by, shake hands when they meet.

A handshake often creates a feeling of liking or of irritation between two strangers.

The proper handshake is made briefly; but there should be a feeling of strength and warmth in the clasp, and, as in bowing, one should at the same time look into the countenance of the person whose hand one takes.

In giving her hand to a foreigner, a married woman always relaxes her arm and fingers, as it is customary for him to lift her hand to his lips.

But by a relaxed hand is not meant a wet rag; a hand should have life even though it be passive.

A woman should always allow a man who is only an acquaintance to shake her hand; she should never shake his.

To a very old friend she gives a much firmer clasp, but he shakes her hand more than she shakes his.

Younger women usually shake the hand of the older; or they both merely clasp hands, give them a dropping movement rather than a shake, and let go.

Emily Post

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