a. The qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women.b. A manifestation of any of these qualities.
My husband is always chivalrous – and I really appreciate it – it makes me feel special and cared for.
Some of the small acts of chivalry that I have come to love and accept on a daily basis are things like him opening the car door for me; standing aside to let me exit the elevator or the room first; standing up when I return to the restaurant table; and walking on the side of the pavement nearest to the road to protect me from encountering a possible misfortune from any wayward/straying vehicles.
Only problem is – some of these precious moments of love and care and protection may have some unforeseen consequences as they are acted upon here in Shanghai.
Picture the following scenes:
- A lovely dinner, I go to the wash-room and return to the table, he stands up politely to welcome me back: ….and then… the waitresses descend upon the table to clear it for the next set of hungry diners that are queuing up outside the restaurant.
- The elevator/metro doors open and he stands aside, arm behind me to usher me through the door: ….and then… I get run over and trampled on by the mob of people trying to get on board the lift/train who don’t wait for anyone to exit before they storm inside.
- We walk along the pavement, he walks on the side next to the road, watching out for any danger from the road: ….and then… I get taken out from behind by a motorcyclist travelling against the traffic flow who is using the pavement as a short-cut to avoid the traffic jam on the road.
- The taxi pulls up, he rushes over to open the door for me: ….and then… I get knocked over by a bicycle coming up on the inside of the taxi.