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"Well-bred people arrive as nearly at the appointed dinner hour as they can. It is a very vulgar assumption of importance purposely to arrive half an hour behind time; besides the folly of allowing eight or 10 hungry people such a tempting opportunity of discussing your foibles."

It may be 150 years since this essential etiquette bible was first published, but within its pages is timeless advice on all manner of matters, from the dinner table to marriage, and from smoking to fashion.

(P)2005 Summersdale Publishers Ltd.

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It's very vulgar to repeat fish or soup on dinners

One thing that is worth mentioning about this book is that it's an etiquette book made for men; oh and it's also set on the Victorian Era.
One thing I found particularly interesting was how some rules remain so contemporary such as; do not drum your fingers on the table or do not make sounds with your mouth while eating while some others seem to be from a whole different world like not to cut bread shorter than 1.5 inches because it's very "plebian".
And talking about outdated rules, oh my, I remember at least five rules concerning gloves.
Overall speaking, this is a nice - although short - reading but I really recommend it if you're into history. It allows you to get into the Victorian Era mindset in a real subtle way. It's so good it almost feels like fiction. Enjoy!