As a matter of principle, in social conversation, a lady does not at any time speak to others of the faults of her family members. She considers the shortcomings and failings of those precious souls within her household a sacred trust, which she would not dishonor.
Those in a lady's family should always feel they have in their sister or daughter or wife or mother, the truest of friends, who may always be counted upon not to publish their failures, though she see their worst moments by virtue of living under the same roof.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love;
but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
Artwork: Sisters, Frederick Morgan