As a youngster, Mr. Keble was taught to touch his cap to certain people, and address them as "sir". This included people in his own class, elders, and young people.
I have to clean up before father gets home.
If Mr. Keble was caught speaking to someone without the signs of respect he was taught to show, he would get in trouble from his father. One day, at the age of seven or eight, Mr.Keble was feeling grown up and decided to address the man next door by his first name.
Not until you do what you're told and behave!
Can I have some tea before I go to bed father?
Mr. Keble, along with the other younger ones, followed the rules and had great respect for schoolteachers, the policeman of the village, clergyman, and the parson. They even had to walk "gingerly" past the policeman, schoolmaster, and teacher.
How was school today?
I shouldn't tell her I got in trouble...
Mr. Keble's father was a strict man. Even when he wasn't home, Mr. Keble would do as he was told. He grew accustomed to the behaviour he was taught.
Punishments included having to go to bed without tea. Mr.Keble knew not to disobey his father.
His father was not the only parent to discipline Mr.Keble and his siblings. If he got in trouble in school, he would not tell his parents, or else he would get in more trouble.