You must never introduce people to each other in public places unless you are certain beyond a doubt that the introduction will be agreeable to both. You cannot commit a greater social blunder than to introduce, to a person of position, some one she does not care to know, especially on shipboard, in hotels, or in other very small, rather public, communities where people are so closely thrown together that is correspondingly to avoid undesirable acquaintances who have been given the wedge of an introduction.
People in good society rarely ask to be introduced to each other, but if there is a good reason for knowing some one, they often introduce themselves; for instance, Mary Smith says:
"Mrs. Jones, aren't you a friend of my mother's? I am Mrs. Titherington Smith's daughter." Mrs. Jones says: "Why , my child, I am so glad you spoke to me. Your mother and I have known each other since we were children!"
Or, an elder lady ask: Aren't you Mary Smith? I have known your mother since I was you age." Or a young woman says: Aren't you Mrs. Worldly?" Mrs. Worldly, looking rather freezingly polite says "Yes" and waits. And the stranger continues, I think my sister Millicent Manners is a friend of yours." Mrs. Worldly as one unbends. "Oh, yes, indeed, I am devoted to Millicent! And you must be---?"
"Oh, of course, Millicent has often talked of you, and of your lovely voice. I want to hear you sing some time."
Theses self-introductions, however, must never presumingly be made. It would be in very bad taste for Alice to introduce herself to Mrs. Worldly if her sister knew her only slightly. ---Etiquette By Emily Post 1922©
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