A member of my online writers' group recently shared with us a quote from a book published in 1891. It was a collection of addresses made by Henry Drummond. That evangelist used talks and the print media to get his message to the public.
Here is a passage from the compilation that was published in 1891:
"Courtesy is Love in society, Love in relation to etiquette, "Love doth not behave itself unseemly." Politeness has been defined as love in trifles. Courtesy is said to be Love in little things. And the one secret of politeness is to love."
When Abdu'l-Baha came to the U.S. in 1912, he was most certainly courteous. Courtesy is an important part of the traditional Persian culture. I tried to depict in my anthology story a man who made a point of being courteous to strangers. He put a little bit of love into each comment and each action.