the rules of correct behavior <the proprieties
But though such critics remain stationed as gatekeepers, their concerns about taste proprieties
are increasingly beside the point.
With even more disregard for the proprieties
than he had shown in his 1876 destruction of his narrator's conscience (in "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut") and in the 1877 "Whittier Birthday Speech," Twain had tried to pull black speech into the drawing room, had tried to substitute slave-quarter break dancing for white formality and propriety.
Her unexpected response to conflict and adversity creates the ultimate parody of social proprieties
, collapses class distinctions, and demonstrates how even sophisticated women of society--no less than men--will stop at nothing to get what they want.