Story: Manners and social behaviour

The polite son-in-law

The polite son-in-law

This 2007 cartoon by Tom Scott refers to a fundamental test of good manners – graciously receiving presents that are not to your taste. Here, the polite son-in-law feigns delight after unwrapping a bizarre Christmas gift.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Tom Scott

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Manners and social behaviour - Defining manners', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013