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2017年04月02日

禮 貌 - 古德明

圖片來源:Brooklyn Museum (Ethan Allen Greenwood)(互聯網)

Sir William Gooch served as governor of Virginia from 1727 to 1749. One day, he was saluted by a slave, and immediately returned the compliment.
"Can you demean yourself so far," said a slaveholder, "as to raise your hat to a Negro?"
"Undoubtedly," said Gooch. "I should be sorry for him to exceed me in politeness."
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When in America on a mission during World War Ⅰ, Marshal Foch* was buttonholed by a noisy Westerner who launched into a tirade against French politeness.
"There is nothing in it but wind," he sneered.
"There is nothing but wind in a tire," politely countered the Marshal, "but it makes riding in a car very smooth and pleasant."
威廉.古奇爵士一七二七年到一七四九年任維吉尼亞州長。有一天,一個奴隸向他敬禮,他馬上回禮。
一個奴隸主說:「你向黑奴脫帽致敬,不怕自貶身分嗎?」
古奇說:「不怕,我只怕禮貌比他不上。」
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第一次世界大戰期間,福煦元帥*因公訪美。一個吵鬧的西部人纏着他,長篇大論,非議法國人的禮貌。
那人語帶輕蔑,說道:「其禮貌無非空氣而已。」
福煦客客氣氣回答說:「汽車的輪胎裏,只有空氣,卻能使乘車者感到平穩舒適。」
*福煦是法國元帥,功高望重,一九二九年去世。

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