The act was out of politeness, because he needed something.
Dean took a seat and joined her, part politeness, part to guard the remaining slice.
Now one of the cardinal rules of politeness is to avoid burdening a stranger with the weight of ones own woes.
The vicomte was a nice-looking young man with soft features and polished manners, who evidently considered himself a celebrity but out of politeness modestly placed himself at the disposal of the circle in which he found himself.
The two drinks and lack of a third caused him to be more direct than normal politeness would dictate.
In the middle of one of the longest sentences, he stopped the rotary motion of the snuffbox, raised his head, and with inimical politeness lurking in the corners of his thin lips interrupted Weyrother, wishing to say something.
Cynthia asked out of politeness as Effie picked up a chocolate chip cookie with dainty fingers.
She greeted the father and daughter with special politeness and showed them to the princess' room.
And each visitor, though politeness prevented his showing impatience, left the old woman with a sense of relief at having performed a vexatious duty and did not return to her the whole evening.
We have had to agree on a certain set of rules, called etiquette and politeness, to make this frequent meeting tolerable and that we need not come to open war.
She instructed her daughter to show a proper respect to her husband's grandfather, Louis XV., by behaving with politeness to his mistresses, in order that the alliance between the two courts might run no risk.
Chesterfield had long been celebrated for the politeness of his manners, the brilliancy of his wit, and the delicacy of his taste.
Berg took the opportunity to ask, with great politeness, whether, as was rumored, the allowance of forage money to captains of companies would be doubled.
Many of them, especially the landed proprietors, are descendants of the original Spanish settlers and are celebrated for their politeness and hospitality.
Her first glance at Nicholas' face told her that he had only come to fulfill the demands of politeness, and she firmly resolved to maintain the tone in which he addressed her.
Dean sat in the corner, trying to read up on Colorado law as it pertained to the duties of sheriff, but was drawn by politeness and the darkened room to view the exhibit.
Versailles, where the delicate refinements of Italy and the grave politeness of Spain were fused and mingled with French vivacity, became the centre of national life and a model for foreign royalties; hence if Versailles has played a considerable part in the history of civilization, it also seriously modified the life of France.
From politeness and to start conversation, they asked him a few questions about the army and the battle, and then the talk went off into merry jests and gossip.
Dean was anxious to not hear about the Hutchins clan but in politeness let the conversation drift a while before he interrupted.
Left with nothing else to do, Dean turned to Gladys Turnbull, more out of inn-keeper politeness than a desire to engage this strange woman in lengthy conversation.
The clause seems unnecessarily harsh and violent in its wording; but it must be remembered that Johns character was well known, and that it was useless to stand on forms of politeness when dealing with him.
He's sizing you up underneath that exterior of disinterest and casual politeness.
outdone in politeness, and he doffed his cap and bowed to each in return.
Chapter Six is dedicated to politeness studies, a major sub-field of sociolinguistics today.
Topics covered will include speech acts, politeness, interactional sociolinguistics, and cultural differences in body language.
(3) Lastly, the degree of dependency on human goodwill attributed to the power addressed may be so great that, instead of diplomatic politeness, there is positive hectoring, with dictation, threats and abuse.
In class (2) he includes, besides the Benevolence of Shaftesbury and Hutcheson, the useful virtues, Justice, Veracity and Fidelity to compacts; as well as such immediately agreeable qualities as politeness, wit, modesty and even cleanliness.
When he had finished, he turned to Bezukhov, and said in a tone of indifferent politeness:
The goal of wearing a uniform as an early Girl Scout was to signify a representation of politeness and courtesy - always ready and willing to assist a stranger.
Not every country follows the tradition however the practice is growing more popular as a general social politeness.
So look beyond politeness (smile, eye contact) and toward her engaging in the conversation.
You might be surprised how far politeness will get you, even in modern society when the standards of politeness seem to have dramatically reduced.
Politeness, formality, respect, and knowledge of basic French phrases are gateways to winning help and assistance on your trip.
Fred said he was too mind-stuffed with all these goings-on to eat a bite of supper, but when Cynthia supplied cold chicken and potato salad, he ate two helpings, just out of politeness.
He bought and resided at the estate of La Source near Orleans, studied philosophy, criticized the chronology of the Bible, and was visited amongst others by Voltaire, who expressed unbounded admiration for his learning and politeness.
When admonishing players, the referee should speak with dignity, politeness and in a firm manner.
Germans are extremely aggressive drivers and politeness on the road is not rewarded.
These support the idea that negative politeness (avoidance of discord) is more important than positive politeness (seeking concord ).
Geoffrey Leech gave a plenary lecture entitled ' Politeness: Is there an East-West divide?
Once he took in the letters from the evening postman, and brought them to the top of the stairs with punctilious politeness.
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