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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 1. General Propriety

Chapter 14. Introductions and the Exchange of Gifts

Section 1. About Introductions and the Exchange of Gifts

An introduction is given in order to establish a connection between people. An exchange of gifts is a giving of some objects in freindship and affection or response; this is an inevitable thing for people living in society. If people introduced become well acquainted, the introduction has accomplished its original purpose; but, if the relationship does not prove to be fruitful, it would be better not to have made an introduction at all. If gifts given or received are proper and righteous, the original purpose of exchange of gifts has been fulfilled; if they are not proper, it would be better not to give or receive the gifts at all. Therefore, one always needs to consider these two points carefully and must be heedful to observe courtesy in making introductions and exchanging gifts.